Girlfriend withholds information in kidnapping

Girlfriend withholds information in kidnapping

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County woman was charged with accessory after the fact to kidnapping Saturday in connection with a statutory rape case in late May.

Casey McClellan Holifield, 26 of Laurel is the girlfriend of 35-year-old Faron Young, who was arrested May 26 for statutory rape and kidnapping. The two also live together.

Young was accused of taking a 14-year-old girl to a secluded area and having sex with her. Although he communicated with her worried mother, he never revealed the girl's location.

Jones County Sheriff investigators said it was determined that the juvenile was, at one point, in the couple's home with the knowledge of Holifield. Although Holifield was aware of the search for the girl, she never alerted authorities nor the mother of the juvenile's whereabouts.

Holifield appeared in Jones County Justice Court Monday at 2 p.m., where Judge Billy Graham set her bond at $25,000. A conviction for kidnapping can carry 30 years to life in prison.