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Man jailed after 8-year-old girl escapes attempted abduction

May 7, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a man trying to kidnap an 8-year-old girl ran away when she started screaming.

Police Capt. Brent Allred said the girl was playing outside a Wichita motel Sunday with her 8-year-old cousin when a man identified as 39-year-old Daniel Withrow grabbed her and forced her into a storage shed. He says Withrow ran when the girl screamed. She was not physically hurt.

Police say Withrow is a lawn maintenance subcontractor. Allred said the girl didn’t know him.

The Wichita Eagle reports Kansas prison records show he was convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a child in a 1999 Reno County case. He also has prior criminal gun possession and drug convictions.

Withrow remained in the Sedgwick County Jail Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping. His bond is $100,000.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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