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Western Md. kidnap suspect might have second child

August 06, 2010|By DAVID DISHNEAU

A 6-year-old Cumberland girl says she was kidnapped by a man who choked her, hit her in the head with a rock and then drove off with another small child in his van, police said Friday.

The FBI said it was monitoring local authorities' search for the suspect, described by the girl as a thin, white man with a tattooed neck who was driving a black van.

Police didn't know his relationship to the 4-year-old boy with whom the girl said she talked while riding to the rural spot where she allegedly was assaulted Thursday afternoon.

She sought help from a nearby resident who called police when she showed up at his door. Her mother reported her missing about 20 minutes earlier, police said.

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The girl was admitted to the Western Maryland Regional Health System hospital for evaluation and treatment of her injuries, investigators said.

Police said they had found no reports of missing children matching the boy's description. The girl said he wore a gray shirt and gray shorts. He told her his age but not his name, she said.

She said the boy was in a child seat in the rear seat of the van. She said she rode in the front passenger seat after the man enticed her into the vehicle as she played near her home.

She said he pulled over next to a dry creek bed about seven miles north of town and walked her down an embankment.

"After a few moments, and for no known reason, the suspect began choking the victim and then struck her in the head several times with a rock," according to a police press release.

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