Former babysitter charged with abducting 2-year-old Hamilton girl


HAMILTON, Mass. ( -- A woman was arrested in connection to the two-year-old girl who went missing on Friday.

Lyndon Albers was last seen at her family's Hamilton home around 3 a.m. At 7 a.m., her parents reported her missing to the police. Just as police were about to send an Amber Alert, the couple found the toddler.

Police say Lyndon was abducted by her former babysitter, 21-year-old Abigail Hanna of Topsfield. Early Saturday morning, Salem Police went to North Shore Medical Center after learning that Hanna was in the emergency room. Officers arrested Hanna there on a temporary warrant for the alleged kidnapping. 

Hanna faces charges of kidnapping, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a child, and breaking and entering in the nighttime. 

Lyndon was found eight miles away from her home by Tom and Marge Crosby, a couple from Ipswich. The couple said that Lyndon was found sitting in a pile of leaves on the side of Newbury Road in Rowley. They said the young girl was shivering and had a contusion on her head about the size of "a softball." Lyndon was found naked and with her head shaved.

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Hanna used to attend Gordon College and also worked in one of its summer programs for teens. The school said, ""The Gordon College community was shocked and saddened to learn that a former student who was briefly enrolled at Gordon has been charged in the case of the toddler who was taken from her home in Hamilton. Our hearts and prayers are with the child and her parents."

Lyndon was reunited with her family on Friday, shortly after she was discovered in Rowley. Lyndon remains in the hospital as of Saturday evening and she is improving, according to the district attorney's office. 

Hanna is scheduled to be arraigned in Newburyport District Court Monday. 

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