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Father Prevents Kidnapping from Infant's Crib

28-Nov-2016

An incident in Kiefer, Oklahoma, Sunday morning ranks among a parent's worst nightmares--finding a stranger standing over a sleeping baby in his crib.

Reports say that a father was awakened early Sunday morning by an unexplained noise in his home. He went to investigate the source of the noise, believing a raccoon or other small animal was in the house.

Instead, the father found a strange man standing over the crib of his sleeping one-year-old son.

The father sprang into action, tackling the man and holding him in a headlock while his wife frantically called 9-1-1. The father held the man until police arrived and arrested the stranger.

The man arrested has been identified as Bradley Hill, 20. Police say the man admitted that he was inside the home to take the baby, saying he wanted to rescue him. However, he said that he was actually in the wrong home by mistake, and didn't realize that he was attempting to take the wrong child until the father burst into the room.

Police have not said whose home Hill thought he was in, nor why he thought an abduction would rescue the child. They did say that the suspect had been drinking heavily prior to the intrusion. Authorities said Hill was drinking with friends prior to the attempted abduction before jumping a fence and entering the victims' home through an unlocked door. His friends said that they were unaware Hill had left the home, and that he had not been acting suspiciously prior to leaving.

Reports indicate that Hill is a college student with no prior criminal record. The child's family says they do not know the man, and there is no relationship between them.

Police have said that there is no indication that the suspect had any intention of harming the child. Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O'Mara said, "Even though he planned to take a child we aren't certain he planned to hurt a child. . . .We're trying to answer the question on why he would try to take that child. Our suspect said he wanted to rescue a child and we found no indication that that child was in danger or any harmful situation."

The suspect is arrested on complaints of attempted kidnapping, first degree burglary, and second degree burglary. The second degree burglary complaint stems from the suspect allegedly breaking into a tool shed before illegally entering the home.

If ultimately charged and convicted of the crimes of which he is accused, the suspect faces significant prison time:

  • Second degree burglary is punishable by 2 to 7 years in prison;
  • First degree burglary is punishable by 7 to 20 years in prison;
  • Kidnapping is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.

That's a pretty hefty price to pay for a night of drinking and bad decisions.



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