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Woman who set up kidnap of own son gets 4 years

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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused of arranging the kidnapping of her own son has been sentenced to four years in prison for child abuse.

Rajvinder Kaur, 42, agreed to a plea deal Friday for her role in the Aug. 8, 2000, kidnapping plot that sought $200,000 ransom from her husband.

Prosecutors said Kaur wanted the money to cover at least $100,000 in debts she owed in her native India.

The bungled attempt ended when her 5-year-old son was found unharmed at a Costco store in Oxnard.

Kaur and three men, who worked at her husband's Indian restaurant, had been charged with kidnapping for ransom and child abuse. Each received four-year prison terms under a plea agreement.

The boy was abducted from his home by two armed men in masks who tied up the parents and left a ransom note.

Over the next 19 hours the suspects made several calls, but investigators persuaded them to release the child.