Couple accused of killing two, kidnapping 11-year-old returned to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A couple accused of killing two and kidnapping an 11-year-old while fleeing to Washington D.C. have been returned to Charlotte to face charges.

Nikkia Cooper, 25, and Curtis Atkinson, Jr., 36, are both charged with the murders of Atkinson's parents, Curtis and Ruby Atkinson. 

Police say they also kidnapped 11-year-old Arieyana Forney who was the granddaughter of the Atkinsons and was living with them in the home on the 200 block of Crigler where the two bodies were found.

The kidnapping led to an Amber Alert. The search for the girl ended Sunday in Washington D.C. when police spotted their car. 

Atkinson and Cooper were arrested and the 11-year-old was turned over to Mecklenburg County Child Services. CMPD says they believed the girl was in grave danger.

"She was in the custody of two people that we are charging with a double homicide, so there is obviously not a lot of respect for life from these two," said CMPD Major Cameron Selvey.

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