Mesa County mom suspected of kidnapping 10-month-old son in custody; child is safe

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CLIFTON, Colo. — The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said a woman accused of kidnapping her 10-month-old son was in custody Wednesday night and the child was safe.

The child was placed into protective custody, according to the sheriff’s office.

Misty Nichols, 42, took the baby from the 200 block of Third Street in Clifton near Grand Junction about 3:50 p.m., investigators said.

The woman and child were found about 6:20 p.m. Nichols is facing a felony charge of violating a custody order, the sheriff’s office said.

It was the second kidnapping case in Colorado on Wednesday afternoon. Two children were found safe in Morgan County after being taken from a Wheat Ridge hospital that prompted an Amber Alert.