Kason Thomas: Ohio police plead with suspected kidnapper to return a 5-month-old twin who was inside a stolen car

Dan Smith


The search for the 5-month-old boy entered its fourth day on Thursday as investigators continue to plead with the suspected kidnappers to return the child.

The boy and his twins, Kayson and Kaia Thomas, were inside a black 2010 Honda Accord Monday night while their mother, who worked as a DoorDash driver, picked up restaurant orders.

Mother Wilhelmina Barnett comes out of a restaurant to find her car gone with the twins. Kyair was found abandoned near Dayton International Airport around 4:15 am on Tuesday.

Kayson remains missing as of early Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, Nala Jackson, 24, was charged with two counts of felony kidnapping. Jackson, who police believe took Honda with her twin from outside the restaurant, has also not been found.

“Nala Jackson, please return Cayson Thomas. Thank you for using Kyair. You have already shown us that you can do the right thing. We can," Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said at a news conference Tuesday.

After the car was stolen, Jackson was caught on camera with the car at a Huber Heights gas station, where she asked an employee for money. He asked the public to call if they saw her, the child, or Honda.

Barnett and other family members searched the entire Dayton area for Kayson on Tuesday, including gas stations, she told CNN affiliate WSYX.

"I miss my babies. I miss them together and their smiles," she told WSYX.

She said she was worried about her son's safety and whether he was fed.

“Kasson, he loves to eat and that is why I am so worried. I know he is flipping. He eats very fast. We eat in minutes,” says Barnett.

This vehicle has a ripped Ohio registration sticker on the rear bumper and a white bumper sticker that says "Westside City Toys".

Officials say the car is believed to have been hit previously and has damage and purple paint transfer to the left side.

The last confirmed sighting of Jackson was at the airport, Columbus Police Deputy Chief of Police Smith Weir said. So far, no Kason sightings have been confirmed.

Investigators obtained surveillance video from the airport where Jackson was seen asking people to use their phones, Weir said. he added.

The vehicle Jackson suspected was recently purchased and lacked a license plate and no VIN number on file, making tracking difficult, Weir said.

“We have no sightings and that is frustrating for us. This car must be out there somewhere. We want to take this baby home," Columbus Police Chief First Class Lashana Potts said Wednesday. told to

The twins' grandmother, Lafonda Thomas, pleaded for Cayson's return during Wednesday's wake.

"If you look at him and see something, look at the precious child longing for his mother," she said. Please take me home."