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Man Charged With Kidnapping Calif. Girl

June 4, 2003

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ Prosecutors filed kidnapping charges against a man accused of taking his roommate’s 5-year-old daughter from her home in California and driving her to Utah, where a concerned woman saw them and called police.

Charles William Mix was charged Tuesday with three felony counts of kidnapping, including kidnapping with intent to commit sexual acts, said Deputy District Attorney Allison Nelson. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

The 48-year-old waived extradition and agreed to return to California with police, a clerk with Utah’s 6th District Court said.

Riverside police spokesman Felix Medina said detectives were making arrangements to return Anabella Jade Clark to California, adding the 5-year-old was in good condition.

Anabella was reunited in Utah on Tuesday with her mother, Sabrina Stansbury, but it is unclear who will ultimately take custody of the girl when she returns to Riverside. Her father, Chris Clark, currently has custody of her and she has lived with him for the past couple years, authorities said.

Mix was arrested Monday after a woman told police she became suspicious when she saw him with Anabella. Leisa Hilton said she wasn’t aware an Amber Alert had been issued for the girl earlier that day.

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