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Police capture Ankeny man suspected of kidnapping toddler

November 27, 2019

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Police have captured a man suspected of kidnapping a toddler from her mother’s home in Ankeny.

Polk County court records say 22-year-old Cato Gephart is charged with kidnapping, child endangerment and other crimes. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. Jail records say Gephart remained in custody Wednesday, pending $100,000 bail.

Court documents say Gephart had texted the mother that he was going to kill her and also said he’d leave the child’s body in a cornfield. Officers made contact with Gephart on Monday night and persuaded him to return to the mother’s home with the child. He did so but then ran from officers. They soon shocked him with a stun gun and caught him.