Mother, father charged with kidnapping after AMBER Alert issued for East TN children

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ERWIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 5-year-old Koraleigh Simon and 6-year-old Kayson Jones have been found safe after a reported kidnapping Wednesday night.

Koraleigh Simon and Kayson Jones (Source: TBI)

According to the TBI, Jason Simon has been taken into custody. Both Simon and the children’s mother, Trista Jones, are charged with kidnapping according to the Erwin Police Department.

Trista Jones and Jason Simon (Photos: TBI)

Authorities say another person may be charged with harboring and false information.

Both of the children were located inside the Erwin limits, according to Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson.

Tilson told sister station WJHL that the parents have a history with the police and the Department of Children’s Services. The custody of both Koraleigh Simon and Kayson Jones had been awarded to the state during a custody hearing earlier in the day Wednesday.


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ERWIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is issuing an Amber Alert for two missing children from East Tennessee, believed to have been kidnapped by their non-custodial father.

According to the TBI, 5-year-old Koraleigh Simon and 6-year-old Kayson Jones went missing from Erwin. Both children are believed to be with 38-year-old Jason Simon, who has been charged with kidnapping in their disappearance.

Koraleigh Simon is described as having blonde hair and blue eyes, is 3 feet tall weighing approximately 50 pounds. Kayson Jones is described as 3 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 76 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Jason Simon is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 250 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Both children were last seen earlier today in Erwin. At this time, investigators do not have a vehicle description to pass along.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Jason Simon, Koraleigh Simon, or Kayson Jones, you’re asked to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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