Devonta Pollard recently finished his freshman year with the Alabama basketball team. However, he may now be dealing with something far more life-changing than anything that could take place on the hardwood.
According AL.com, Pollard’s mother, Jesse Mae, has appeared before a U.S. District Court judge after being charged with the kidnapping of six-year-old Jashayla Markiaya Hopson.
An Amber alert was issued Wednesday for Jashayla Hopson, who was taken from her school in Scooba, Miss., Tuesday afternoon, and was canceled after Hopson was found Wednesday afternoon near Enterprise, Miss., around 2 p.m.
Jesse Mae Brown Pollard, 54, of Northport appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball in Jackson, Miss., today. The court ruled to detain Pollard pending action by a federal grand jury based on probable cause.
In the criminal complaint filed today, an FBI agent in the Jackson, Miss., office, presented an affidavit with a timeline of the investigation. In it, he writes that investigators talked to Pollard about a “dispute” she had with Hopson’s mother.
The complaint states that a woman entered East Kemper Elementary School in Scooba, Miss., around 12:05 p.m. and took six-year-old Jashayla Hopson out of school after asking for her by name.
Around 4:08 p.m., the victim’s mother received a text on her cell phone that stated “dont call the police I will call you later if you call the police u wont see her again.”
This has to be any parent’s worst nightmare. Police eventually discovered that the text came from a cell phone purchased at a Wal-Mart at 3:24 p.m. that same day, meaning that Pollard’s mother had bought the phone with Hopson in her possession.
Where does Pollard’s son fit into all of this, except for the fact that he is an Alabama basketball player? His mother may have actually used his car to make the kidnapping in the first place.
The complaint states that Pollard’s son’s car was searched after investigators found it was similar to a vehicle shown on surveillance video at the Best Western Hotel in Bessemer. With consent of the owner, the vehicle was searched at Pollard’s residence in Northport and a Best Western key and receipt as well as Walmart receipts for the cell phones.
Little Hopson is safe after the Sherrif’s office received a 911 call reporting that the girl was at an address near Enterprise, Miss.
Now Pollard may face the heavy hand of the law.
The minimum sentence for kidnapping, should she be found guilty (the receipts, security camera footage and the dispute with Hopson’s mother make everything look pretty cut-and-dry, but she is very much still innocent until any decision is rendered to the contrary) is 20 years.
The maximum punishment is a life sentence.