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Man Arrested After Not Returning Child After Visit

Last updated on Friday, March 9, 2012

(BROWNSTOWN) - The search for a 29-year-old Jennings County man accused of failing to return his child to its mother after parental visitation this past weekend ended Tuesday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Jennings County Sheriff's Department, Kyle Vaught of North Vernon was arrested after the vehicle he was driving was stopped by Maj. Jerry Shepherd on County Road 100 North near County Road 900 West in Jennings County.

Shepherd and Sgt. Jim Blevins arrested Vaught and found the 2-year-old child. The child was later returned to its mother.

Vaught was taken to the Jennings County Jail and then transferred to Brown County, where he was wanted on a warrant for invasion of privacy.

Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall is reviewing the incident to see if criminal charges should be filed in that county.

The incident that led to Vaught's arrest began when Brown County officials asked Jennings County police to check on the welfare of the child after Vaught failed to return it after a weekend visitation.

On Monday, Jennings County Officer Aaron Green attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Vaught, but that led to a short pursuit, which ended because of potential danger to the child.

On Tuesday, officers received information that Vaught was at a home on County Road 800 West near County Road 200 North.

Family members told police the child was with Vaught's mother and safe, but that Vaught also was now carrying a handgun, the sheriff's department said Wednesday.
Officers went to the home and found Vaught's vehicle but did not find Vaught during a search of the home.

Jennings Circuit Judge Jon Webster then issued an order directing officers to intervene and take custody of the child because of a significant and real threat to its physical safety.

On Tuesday afternoon, police were told that Vaught had just taken the child from Vaught's mother's home on County Road 800 West and was on his way to Kentucky with the child. That led to Shepherd's traffic stop on Tuesday.

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