Ind. Traffic Stop Led to Discovery of Abducted Child



A traffic stop in Knightstown Saturday afternoon led to the discovery of a 6-year-old boy who had been taken from his home in New Jersey, Indiana State Police said.

Trooper Rich Silcox said he saw a car with New Jersey plates that he deemed suspicious pull into the lot of a CVS store on State Road 109 about 4:30 p.m.

A license plate check showed that the car had been stolen. Police arrested James Wesley Toney, 34, of Indianapolis, on a charge of possession of stolen property, a felony, and driving while intoxicated.

"Later in the evening, Silcox received a call from a New Jersey detective who had been notified the stolen car was recovered. He advised the car was linked with a woman who had fled the state with her 6-year-old child unlawfully and was wanted for parental abduction there," said ISP Sgt. John Bowling.

Officers found the woman and child at a home in Spiceland, Bowling said.

"The 6-year-old boy was taken without incident and turned over to (Child Protective Services) to be reunited with his father in New Jersey," Bowling said.

New Jersey authorities declined to extradite the woman from Indiana, so Toney and woman were not charged in connection with the abduction, police said.

Toney was held Sunday in the Henry County Jail on $9,000 bond.


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