FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Investigators say a woman accused of abducting a Fort Bend County boy did so to get revenge on the child’s father after their three-year affair ended.
Kismat Momin, 34, turned herself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon and has been charged with kidnapping in the abduction of 9-year-old Amsal Dhuka.
Amsal disappeared after getting off the school bus Monday afternoon and was dropped off at an Islamic Center in Stafford early Tuesday morning. He was not harmed.
At a press conference Wednesday, Fort Bend County Chief Deputy Craig Brady said Momin appeared to be motivated solely by revenge.
"I don’t know what she intended to accomplish by taking the child. There’s no evidence that she intended to harm him. In fact, she actually bought him some gifts and stuff during the time that she had him. My personal opinion, I think she took him just to cause some fear and anxiety to the family," Brady said.
Investigators believe Momin convinced Amsal that his mother wanted her to pick him up. Once she had him in the car, investigators said Momin took the boy to get fast food and went bowling. They also slept in the car for a while.
Amsal knew Momin as a friend of the family.
Brady said there could be additional charges filed in the case – possibly against Momin’s husband – but that would be up to the district attorney’s office.
Momin’s husband was apparently aware that his wife had Amsal the whole time, but didn’t say anything to investigators until he was pressed during questioning, Brady said.
"I would think that her husband has some exposure in that he knew of the plan of the kidnapping, took no action to stop it, and he hindered our investigation by denying it when first questioned," Brady said.
The husband eventually convinced Momin to give the boy up, according to investigators.
As for Amsal’s family, Brady said the father suspected Momin could be responsible immediately after his son went missing and even called her around 6 p.m. Monday.
But Momin reportedly denied having any involvement, and Amsal’s father believed her.
"I can only assume that he truly believed that she was not involved after he spoke with her," Brady said. "It would have been nice if he’d said something."
Still, Brady said it seemed unlikely that the father would be charged.
Momin, who was arraigned Wednesday morning and was being held in the Fort Bend County Jail on $150,000 bond, has been silent since her arrest.
Brady said unless she asks to speak with investigators, they won’t be able to get her side of the story.
"I’ve never worked [a case] with this scenario in the past. It’s rather unusual, in that the child was targeted to seek revenge against the father. I think we’re very fortunate that the only motivation was to cause him misery, evidently," Brady said. "Typically, when a small child is abducted and taken in a car, the outcome is not good."