Two Girls Who Were Kidnapped at a Georgia Burger King Found. Their Mom Was Arrested


The Gist: Columbus families breathed a sigh of relief as two abducted children were found safe in South Georgia, and their mother, Kaila Spires, 39, faces kidnapping charges.

The Details: The unsettling event unfolded on Sunday, October 15, around 12:45 p.m., when the disappearance of an 11-year-old and 4-year-old from a Burger King at 7310 Veterans Parkway was reported.

A detailed vehicle description hastened an Amber Alert, pulling the community into a tense lookout. Earlier today, at approximately 11:30 a.m., both children were located unharmed. Spires, apprehended in Tift County, now faces two counts of kidnapping. She awaits extradition to Columbus, with her court date pending, according to the Columbus Police Department.

By The Numbers:

  • 2 children abducted, now safe
  • 1 arrest made with kidnapping charges
  • Less than 24 hours from abduction to resolution

In Context: This case showcases a swift inter-agency collaboration between local and federal law enforcement, marking a high-stakes test of the area’s emergency response protocols.

Why It Matters: The incident rings alarm bells for local parents about child safety, while also highlighting the effectiveness of quick information dissemination and multi-agency cooperation in resolving such dire situations.

How You Can Help: Anyone with additional information on this case is encouraged to reach out to Sgt. L. Zieverink at 706-225-4384 or Your information will remain confidential.

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