Male kidnapping suspect in court for previous charge

Surveillance image of male suspect from Shell gas station in Covington, KY
Surveillance image of male suspect from Shell gas station in Covington, KY

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - One of the suspects in Friday's kidnapping case appeared in court on Saturday, but it wasn't for stealing the van that had a 4-year-old child in the backseat.

Kevin Gosney, 38, appeared in court for a previous charge of driving without a license, to which he pleaded guilty. Gosney is being held for an extradition hearing on Monday.

The newest charges against Gosney are theft by unlawful taking over and kidnapping, for the incident that occurred on Friday Morning. Police say Gosney, along with Dawn Dixon, 25, allegedly stole a van from the Shell gas station on 4th and Johnson Street in Covington. A 4-year-old boy, Jackson Day, was in the back seat of the van.

Police found the two suspects in Downtown Cincinnati shortly after the van and child were found behind the main fire house at the corner of 4th and Central. The suspects left the van with Jackson Day inside approximately two hours after the theft.

Dixon is charged with theft by unlawful taking over. Both suspects are currently in the Hamilton County Justice Center and will be extradited back to Kentucky to await arraignment on their charges.

According to Jackson's family members at the Covington Police Headquarters, he has been reunited with his parents. They also say Jackson is a preschooler at Head Start in Covington. His mother, Erin Day, is a teacher at the school, but was in a conference in Lexington this morning and it is also her birthday.

The boy's father, Brett Day, was taking him to school and stopped to get gas on the way. Jackson's grandmother, Judy Day, tells FOX19 that the Brett didn't even get inside to pay for the gas when the van was stolen.

Family members had been searching for Jackson since they found out the car he was in was stolen and they were relieved to hear he was safe.

"It's just wonderful, said Judy Day, grandmother, "You don't know how much you love them until something like this happens."

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According to the Kentucky DMV, Kentucky Law states it is ILLEGAL to leave a child under the age of eight (8) years in a motor vehicle under circumstances which manifest an extreme indifference to human life and which create a grave risk of death to the child, thereby causing the death. There are several statues in Kentucky Law that makes it illegal to endanger the life or health of a child.

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