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Every year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of children are reported missing or abducted. The crime of kidnapping is a serious offense and in most legal jurisdictions carries a severe prison sentence. Kidnapping is generally described as the crime of unlawfully seizing a person against his or her will and taking them to another location. It’s important to note this crime is not just reserved for strangers or people unrelated to the kidnapping victims. Family members and individuals who kidnap adults [or children] can also be guilty of this crime. In fact, family members account for the majority of missing children cases in the United States. In some states, notification systems have been implemented in order to warn people via television, radio, cell phone, freeway sign, or other medium regarding a recent kidnapping in an attempt to find the victim quickly. If you or someone you know has been charged with kidnapping, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney immediately.