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Transgender woman
accused of kidnapping dies of cancer

Transgender woman
accused of kidnapping dies of cancer

A live-in transgender babysitter charged with kidnapping has died of cancer, the Dyersburg, Tenn., State Gazette reported. Erika Sadowski, 59, was accused of taking two children and keeping them from their home in west Tennessee for almost 14 hours in March.

She died of brain cancer on Saturday at her family home in Delaware, the State Gazette reported Wednesday. Sadowski was indicted by a Dyer County grand jury in June on two counts of attempted kidnapping. She had been scheduled for a court appearance next month in Dyer County.

District attorney Phil Bivens couldn't immediately be reached Thursday, but a clerk in his office said staffers there knew Sadowski had been ill. Police say Sadowski left the home she shared with the two girls, ages 1 and 5, and their parents for a shopping trip with the children around 7 p.m. on March 17. When they did not return by 1 a.m., the parents notified Dyersburg police, who issued an Amber Alert about the missing children.

After authorities arrested Sadowski, a medical inspection at the jail revealed that Erika was biologically male. Sadowski apparently changed her name sometime around 1986 after being discharged from the U.S. Air Force after a 20-year career, according to a background check. (AP)

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