6-Week-Old Twins Found Safe after Being Kidnapped in Georgia, Mother Injured during Shooting

Junie Sihlangu
May 12, 2021
11:00 A.M.

A kidnapping that could’ve had dire consequences finally ended with great results. Thankfully, the twins are now safe and sound after they were taken from their residence.


On Tuesday afternoon, police issued an Amber Alert for twins Matteo and Lorenzo, 6-weeks-old. 23-year-old Gabrielle Rodgers's two boys were kidnapped from the 1500 block, NE 36th Street, Rincon, Georgia residence.

Police officers went to the residence at around 10:20 a.m. to find Rodgers suffering from gunshot wounds. A female suspect took the Rodgers twins immediately after the shooting and fled from the scene.

A police officer radioing in a call while wearing a face mask and gloves to protect himself from the coronavirus | Photo: Shutterstock/Aitana fotografia

A police officer radioing in a call while wearing a face mask and gloves to protect himself from the coronavirus | Photo: Shutterstock/Aitana fotografia

The suspect got away in a white sedan, and the mother of the children was taken to a hospital for treatment for her critical injuries. The suspect was initially referred to as “Kathleen” as police tried to find her.

At one point, detectives thought the suspect could be in Effingham County, and 911 tips helped them speedily resolve the case. SPD detectives, SWAT, and Effingham County Sheriff’s Office worked on the case together.


The Rincon Police Department also offered assistance in the matter. At around 2:30 p.m., authorities discovered the fleeing suspect at a house in St. Andrews Road in Lost Plantation, Rincon.

Angela Montgomery, 23, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault. At 3:13 p.m., police shared that the twins were safe and in their possession.


The two boys were found at the residence unharmed and taken for medical evaluation at a hospital. Chief Roy Minter said they were grateful that the boys were found quickly and unharmed, adding:

“What happened today is every mother’s worst nightmare.”

In a similar case in Virginia, a 2-year-old boy was found safe after being kidnapped from a church’s nursery. He was discovered with his head shaved in a trailer 70 miles away from Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead.

Sadly for Jayme Closs, her parents were killed at their home before she was taken.

The toddler, Noah Trout, was found partly through CCTV footage in the area and someone sighting him at the trailer. The alleged kidnapper, Nancy Renee Fridley, 44, was arrested and charged with abduction.


Even though some kidnapped children sadly never make their way back home, they are found alive in some cases. For instance, Jayme Closs, then-13, was discovered in January 2018, months after being kidnapped.

Closs was found alive and safe eighty-seven days after the initial kidnapping from her home on October 15, 2018. Sadly for her, her parents were killed at their home before she was taken.

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