Mankato Public Safety responded to the report of a kidnapping and burglary at 10:26 p.m. last night (December 6) on the 400 block of North Sixth Street. Xia-Ziang Conchita Plunkett, age 33, with no permanent address, entered a Mankato residence, took her biological son and left. Plunkett had no parental rights to the child. Her vehicle was located and stopped by law enforcement on I35 northbound near the county line for Rice and Scott counties.

I35 was closed for a period of time while law enforcement negotiated with Plunkett. After several hours of negotiation, Plunkett was taken into custody without incident. She is being held in the Rice County Jail until she can be transported to the Blue Earth County Jail. The child was found safe and returned to the residence.

The case remains under investigation, and no further information is available at this time.