Under federal and state law, kidnapping is commonly defined as taking or confining a person against their will by force, violence or fraud.

Family members of 16-year-old Susana Morales give victim impact statements after Miles Bryant was found guilty in the teen's murder.
The jury reached a verdict in the trial of Miles Bryant, who's accused of kidnapping and murdering 16-year-old Susana Morales.
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John Walsh speaking at CrimeCon on June 1, 2024. (Court TV)
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A police officer hangs his head while testifying in court
Matthew Gilbert testifies in Miles Bryant's trial
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Gowun Park sits in court
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Lisa Nacrelli sits in court
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Lisa Nacrelli sits with attorneys at the counsel table in court.
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After a pursuit and an exchange of gunfire, Elias Huizar tried to elude police and ended up crashing his car. He then killed himself, via a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Roman Santos, the 1-year-old child who was abducted, was taken safely into custody.
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Photo of Elias Huizar over amber alert poster
Craig Ross was sentenced Wednesday to 47 years to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.
Craig Ross sits in court