SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois couple accused of misrepresenting themselves to gain custody of another couple’s adopted child face federal kidnapping charges.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that a grand jury indicted 37-year-old Nicole Eason of Danville and 46-year-old Calvin Eason of Westville on charges of kidnapping and transporting a child across state lines.
Prosecutors allege the Easons participated in an online discussion board with adoptive parents seeking new homes for children they no longer wanted or couldn’t care for. The Easons allegedly lied about their background, and one couple brought their adopted child to Illinois in 2007.
Prosecutors say the Easons allegedly sexually abused that child while they had custody.
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Authorities allege they kidnapped a second child in the same manner in 2008, allegedly transporting that child across state lines.