Three people sentenced over kidnap of baby girl in Huddersfield

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Three people have been sentenced for their part in the kidnap of an 11-month-old girl in Huddersfield.

West Yorkshire Police say at Bradford Crown Court this morning, Huddersfield woman Jodie Little, of Dyson Street, Dalton, received a 16 month custodial sentence for kidnap.

Keith and Jayne Little, also from Huddersfield, received nine-month suspended sentences, also for kidnap.

Their sentences come after an 11-month old girl went missing from a social services appointment in Huddersfield in March.

Following a large-scale operation by West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiries Team, and Kirklees Division, the girl was found at an address on Church Lane, Huddersfield two days later. Jodie Little was arrested at the same time.

Over the following days, Keith and Jayne Little were also arrested for their part in the kidnapping.

Speaking on the sentencing, Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “This was a very sensitive enquiry with an emotive background in which the overriding focus of our investigation was to ensure the welfare and safe recovery of the victim.

“The investigation to find the child was a joint one conducted by officers from Kirklees Division and the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, which benefited greatly from the knowledge of local neighbourhood officers.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank those individuals from the local community who responded to our urgent media appeals for information, which ultimately enabled us to safely recover this missing child.”

“Safeguarding vulnerable members of our communities is a priority and we are pleased that that this investigation has now been brought to a successful conclusion.”