An infant is safe and no charges were filed in a suspected kidnapping incident on Tuesday that started in Newkirk, Okla., and ended in Arkansas City.
The Newkirk Police Department responded around 1:35 p.m. to a 911 report of a kidnapping at Jiffy Trip in Newkirk, according to a NPD press release.
Officers contacted the child's mother at Jiffy Trip and she reported that her 3-month-old daughter was taken by her boyfriend.
The last known direction of travel of the suspect’s vehicle was northbound toward Kansas. Newkirk police contacted Cowley County authorities to help locate the child, the release states.
A be-on-the-lookout notice was sent out to all local law enforcement and emergency services with details regarding two suspects, the vehicle and the infant.
Ark City police checked a few last-known addresses in Ark City for the suspects but there was no sign of them, according to radio communications.
The boyfriend contacted the Newkirk Police Department reporting his whereabouts in Winfield, wanting to cooperate with law enforcement. At approximately 2:53 p.m., Ark City officers reported the child was returned safe to the Arkansas City Police Department.
Newkirk officers interviewed the boyfriend at the ACPD. It was determined that it was not a kidnapping and the child was returned to the care of the mother, according to the NPD release.
Under Oklahoma statute 21-741, kidnapping is the unlawful abduction, confinement or restraint of a person against his or her will, the release states. This crime also includes holding someone hostage.
Newkirk Police Assistant Chief Ryan Potter said no charges were pressed due to Oklahoma State Law.