STAFFORD, Texas - A woman suspected of kidnapping a 9-year-old Fort Bend County boy has turned herself in, deputies said.
An Amber Alert was issued for Amsal Dhuka after he did not arrive home from school on Monday. Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies canceled that alert early Tuesday after Dhuka was dropped off and found at the Ismaili Center, 10511 Corporate Drive, in Stafford at 6 a.m.
"He appears to be in good health. It does not appear he was harmed at all," said Craig Brady with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.
Dhuka arrived back at his home around noon.
"The family is fine," family spokesman Nizar Ali said. "Amsal is fine and he's happy with the family."
Deputies said Dhuka was kidnapped by a woman he knows: Kismat Momin, 34. She has been charged with kidnapping.
Investigators said Momin has not said a word to them since her surrender.
"She does reside in the same complex. She is known to the family to some degree. They are known to one another, but they are not what I would call close friends. The young man definitely would have known who she was. We don't know what her motivations were at this point," Brady said.
Fort Bend Independent School District Police confirmed that Dhuka was in class Monday at Lakeview Elementary School. Witnesses saw him get off the school bus near his apartment complex, the Landmark Apartments in the 14200 block of FM 1464, between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. His father said he never arrived home.
Deputies said Momin took the child shortly after he got off his school bus.
"There was some indication that she may have used an old ruse that has been around for years, that his parents sent her to pick him up because there was other people trying to get him," Brady said.
"She drove around all night and probably went into Galveston County. (Momin) had him with her all night and she dropped the child off at the worship center," Brady said. "I have no idea why she would have taken this 9-year-old boy. People do strange things. There was never any indication that there was anyone besides the female in the vehicle."
Investigators said Momin took Dhuka to a McDonald's and bowling. Momin forced Dhuka to sleep in her car in the driveway of an unoccupied home, detectives said.
Investigators said Momin's husband of 14 years eventually admitted to knowing that his wife had the boy. The couple does not have any children of their own.
"Part of that led to the boy being dropped off. There were some family members involved and communicating with her during this entire process. Part of the investigation will ultimately reveal that there were some people that had knowledge but were not forthcoming with it. There's a possibility that several individuals could be charged with this," Brady said.
Neighbors said Momin's behavior was becoming increasingly odd. Neighbors said she did noisy chores, like vacuuming, in the middle of the night.
"She had depression, you know," neighbor Rahemdullah Monsia said. "She's a nice lady. She lived here so many years."
Momin has a prior offense of misdemeanor theft. She received probation for that charge.
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