Tulsa Girl Reunited with Family after Stranger Abduction09-May-2014
Although stranger abductions rate among parents' worst nightmares, they are actually relatively rare. Though we preach "stranger danger" to our kids, far more kidnappings are committed by noncustodial parents, relatives, or family friends than by unknown predators. Still, random abductions do occur, and unfortunately, if the child is not found quickly, his or her odds of survival decrease by the second.
Luckily, a child abduction in Tulsa earlier this week was an exception to the rule. Some seven hours after an 8-year-old girl was snatched from a Tulsa playground, police captured her abductor and reunited the girl with her family.
Around 7:20 on Sunday evening, police received reports that a white male driving a "possibly white" Ford Focus grabbed a little girl off of a swingset at an apartment complex playground. An Amber Alert was issued, but police had very little information to go on. In fact, the state issued Amber Alert described the vehicle as a white SUV. In reality, the suspect was driving a silver Ford Focus.
They got a break at 11:15 p.m., when the employee of a Creek County Dollar General store called to report that a man matching the description in the Amber Alert purchased little girls' clothes at the store. Police then began searching in the Sapulpa area, but still, clues were limited.
At about 1:00 Monday morning, Whataburger employees called police to report that a man driving a silver Focus appeared to be intoxicated. Police arrived at the location and attempted to apprehend the suspect, but he fled, dragging a deputy behind his vehicle for several feet. That incident gave police a tag number and the identity of the suspect.
Just after 2:00 that morning, Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force agents arrested Michael David Slatton, 33, about a mile away from the Whataburger near a wooded area. His little victim was found naked but alive in the woods.
Slatton was arrested on complaints of kidnapping, lewd molestation, and injury to a child. He is held in the Tulsa County Jail on $500,000 bond.
The suspect is a convicted sex offender with an extensive criminal history who was just released from prison in December 2013.
- 2001 - Rogers County: DUI, Minor in Possession of Beer
- 2006 - Rogers County: Sexual Battery (5 years), First Degree Robbery (8 years, 85% crime), Second Degree Burglary (2 years), Second Degree Burglary (3 years probation)
- 2006 - Tulsa County: Possession of Another's Debit Card (2 years), Uttering a Forged Instrument (7 years), Concealing Stolen Property, Possession of CDS/meth (8 years), Possession of CDS (5 years), Possession of CDS (5 years)
According to DOC records, Slatton was in prison from mid-2006 until December 2013.
Kidnapping is a felony that carries a potential sentence of 20 years in prison. Lewd Acts to a Child Under 16, if committed against a child under 12, carries a minimum of 25 years in prison, with the potential for life behind bars.
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