Attorney: Ransom kidnapping suspect is preschool teacher in Toppenish

Attorney: Ransom kidnapping suspect is preschool teacher in Toppenish
The three ransom kidnapping suspects were arraigned in federal court Wednesday.
YAKIMA, Wash. -- New details released Wednesday into the ransom kidnapping of a 14-year-old Lower Valley boy revealed It might not have been so random after all.

KIMA learned the victim is related to two of the suspects.

Information coming out of federal court Wednesday also indicates one of the suspects is a preschool teacher in the Lower Valley.

An attorney for Esmeralda Contreras said her client worked with kids for a living, and even filled in as the preschool's supervisor, when the director was out.

Contreras was indicted by a grand jury along with two other people; Ernesto Martinez and Yaritza Contreras.

A judge entered not guilty pleas on their behalf.

Investigators say the three suspects abducted the boy from his home and held him for ransom Friday.

The U.S. Attorney handling case said investigators found the boy tied up with duct tape nine hours later. He was unharmed.

Authorities say the suspects demanded a $120,000 ransom. That demand was later reduced to $80,000 when the victim's father couldn't come up with the money, according to an arrest report obtained by Action News.

A judge denied their bail citing fear from the victim and his father as well as a potential public safety threat.

The accused kidnappers face a minimum of 20 years in prison because of the victim's age. The maximum sentence is life behind bars.