An anonymous tip helped a kidnapped baby girl get reunited with her mother after she was abducted by her sex offender father last week in Virginia.
Police rescued 7-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy from a mobile home in North Carolina nearly two days after her father kidnapped her at knifepoint from her mother at a gas station in Virginia, authorities said Tuesday.
A sheriff’s deputy entered the mobile home and “immediately grabbed her up and shielded her with great care,” Randolph County Sheriff Robert Graves told reporters. Emma Grace Kennedy “had a great smile on her face and appeared to be in good shape and certainly a great smile on our deputy’s face as well,” Graves said.
Authorities began a massive search for the baby and her 51-year-old sex offender father, Carl Ray Kennedy after her mother reported the abduction. Carl had already painted his gold Suzuki black to try to throw off police, according to authorities. Emma was reunited with her mother, Kristen Murphy, at a local hospital where the baby was examined, said Murphy’s sister, Amy Wyatt Metzger.
Emma is “totally fine and healthy. Everything has checked out just fine,” Metzger said.
Kennedy remained pretty silent during the arrest, the sheriff said.
“He seemed like somebody who had been on the run, who was tired, I guess,” Graves said.
Emma was rescued in Randleman, North Carolina, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of Danville, Virginia, where she was abducted Sunday evening at a gas station, police said.
Carl Kennedy was out of jail on a $250,000 bond on a drug distribution charge at the time Emma was kidnapped, police said.
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