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The story is titled "The Ransom of Red Chief", and IIRC the child's father demands the kidnappers pay HIM to take the brat back and they gladly DO IT !!!
I had completely forgotten that very clever twist to the story. Thanks for reminding me. A modern twist on that story was an 80s movie with Bette Midler, Danny DeVito and Judge Reihnholdt where DeVito has his wife (Middler) kidnapped by two inept and hapless conspirators who end up siding with Middler to turn the tables on an ever more frustrated DeVito.