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Arkansas man pleads guilty to daughter's abduction

An Arkansas man accused of abducting his toddler daughter has pleaded guilty to kidnapping, aggravated assault and second-degree battery.

NASHVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man accused of abducting his toddler daughter has pleaded guilty to kidnapping, aggravated assault and second-degree battery.

Ralph Waldo Morrison III entered his plea Wednesday in Howard County Circuit Court. Prosecutors accused him of crashing into his daughter's mother's car, stabbing the woman with an ice pick and leaving with the young girl.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan sentenced Morrison to 25 years in prison.

Morrison turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Texarkana two days after police issued a missing-child alert for the girl, Zahkairi Morrison. The child was not harmed and the girl's mother was treated and released from the hospital.


 

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