Suspect charged in Independence Co. kidnapping

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    INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities in Independence County have charged a man in the beating and abduction of a local woman.

    Local prosecutors charged Jeremiah T. Childers, 25 of Mansfield, with two counts kidnapping, aggravated robbery, attempted rape, residential burglary, and first degree battery.

    Childers is being held on $1 million bond. Childers is also currently on parole from the Fort Smith area.

    Childers allegedly forced his way into the home of a woman and her small child Sunday Oct. 20. He then allegedly beat her and forced her to leave her child at the home and leave with him in her SUV.

    At one point she got out of the SUV naked and bloody and flagged down a passing car saying she had been taken against her will. Childers then allegedly forced a minor on a nearby ATV to take him from the scene.

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