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By David Knopf-News Editor
A 4-year-old who was taken from Ray County returned home safely Friday after being located in Muskogee, Okla.
Nikose Cringan’s disappearance sparked considerable interest among those who knew the boy and family, as well as the community at large.
On Friday, when a relative reported that the boy was unharmed and on his way home, more than 1,500 people read an item posted on the Richmond News Facebook page.
Forty-five readers “liked” the article – meaning it was disseminated to their Facebook contacts – and another 11 shared it with their followers.
Police and family members remained guarded about how and when the abduction took place. It had been reported locally that the boy was taken on or around March 25, and it was believed the boy’s mother was involved.
However, the Web site National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, lists the boy missing since Oct. 30, 2012.
Ray County Sheriff Garry Bush clarified Monday morning that the boy’s disappearance stemmed from a civil custody battle. Nikose Cringan’s mother is listed as a Richmond resident on the state’s court Web site, while the boy’s father is said to now live in Liberty.
The mother, Cassi Danielle Licata, was apprehended March 28 in Muskogee, Bush said, and the child was returned to his father.
The complete story is in the Monday, April 1, 2013 Richmond News.