Amber Alert for New Hampshire children kidnapped from their bedroom windows

The grandmother had custody of the two children, who are 10 and eight-years-old

Gino Spocchia
Friday 17 June 2022 18:40 BST
Alaina Wilson, 11, and Chance Wilson, 8
Alaina Wilson, 11, and Chance Wilson, 8 (New Hampshire State Police / Massachusetts State Police)

Two children who were allegedly abducted by their mother during the night have been found following the issuing of an Amber Alert by New Hampshire State Police.

Alaina Wilson, 11, and Chance Wilson, eight, were at their grandmother’s house in Somersworth, a New Hampshire, town about 17 miles northwest of Portsmouth, when the abduction was thought to have occurred at about 9.45pm on Thursday.

Both children were sleeping in their bedrooms at their home when they went missing, police in Somersworth and New Hampshire believe. The grandmother, who has custody, told police Alaina’s phone was left behind.

On Friday morning, the state police department said both Alaina and Chance had been found safely in Portland, Maine, from where their mother had allegedly driven on Thursday. No further details were given.

Kaileigh Nichols, aged 34, allegedly took the children through a bedroom window and has been named a suspect, the Amber Alert said.

Police say she “took a vehicle from a relative in Maine & was seen in that vehicle at a school event in Somersworth during the day on June 16, 2022.” The school has not been named.

Kaileigh Nichols, 34
Kaileigh Nichols, 34 (Hew Hampshire State Police)

Somerswoth police added in a statement: “If contact is made with Alaina/Chance WILSON and/or Kaileigh NICHOLS, please notify Somersworth Police”.

As Boston 25 reported on Friday, the vehicle driven by Ms Nichols was believed to be a silver-coloured Honda Civic with four doors and a 2827A7 Veteran plate. 

The Amber Alert has since been cancelled.

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