Mom Reunites With Son After Border-Crossing Kidnapping
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP/CBS4) — A Longmont boy allegedly taken from his home by his father arrived home from Canada on Tuesday night.
Three-year-old Luke Turner had been gone since Saturday, when authorities say his father, 51-year-old Monty Turner, broke into the home Luke shared with his mom, Brandy Turner, and attacked her with pepper spray and a stun gun.
Monty Turner was arrested Sunday in Brandon, Manitoba, and jailed on suspicion of kidnapping, burglary and assault. A hearing regarding his status in the country was held Tuesday.
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Longmont police expect that Monty Turner will be back in Colorado to face charges in anywhere from five days to three weeks. A spokeswoman for the Boulder County district attorney said Monty Turner could contest extradition, which would delay his facing charges in Colorado.
Monty Turner had been prohibited by court order from making contact with Luke or Brandy Turner.
Brandy Turner told police she saw her husband in the backyard Saturday morning, when she stepped outside to smoke a cigarette.
She said she went inside, locked the door and tried to call 911, but Monty Turner forced his way in. She said pepper spray was shot in her face, and she felt an electric shock, which she believes was from a stun gun.
Soon after, Brandy Turner said she went into another room to attempt to call 911 again, and she saw Monty Turner leaving on a bicycle with Luke.
Monty Turner was found with Luke in a motel.
Meanwhile, the boy’s grandfather, Ronald Turner, 72, was pulled over in Missouri on Sunday on a warrant for second-degree kidnapping.
At a news conference late Tuesday, Brandy Turner said she felt terror and disbelief after her son was taken, then anxiousness trying to figure out how to get her son home. With Luke sitting calmly on her lap Tuesday, Brandy Turner said she felt relief.
“He was just as happy to see me as I was him,” she said. “It was great. I feel relief.”
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