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Kidnapping charge lands man in jail

by Minden Press-Herald


A Minden man was extradited from Camden, Arkansas on charges of simple kidnapping Monday morning when he allegedly didn’t return his children to their mother.

Eric M. Denny, 34, of the 200 block of Lauren Lane, was charged with simple kidnapping. Bond was set at $25,000. Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Denny was taken into custody without

“He had visitation rights, and picked up his kids during visitation but didn’t bring them back,” he said. “The mother of the children found out he was in Arkansas, and we gave him the opportunity to bring the kids back, and he refused.”

Cropper says they contacted authorities in Arkansas to be on the lookout for Denny. Camden authorities made contact with Denny and the children, Cropper says, in the parking lot of Walmart up there.

“It wasn’t long after that BOLO went out they found him,” the chief said. “He just didn’t want to bring the kids back.”

Cropper says it was a custody dispute, and the children were never in any danger.

Denny was arrested in Arkansas Friday, he waived extradition Monday morning, and Minden police picked him up soon after, Cropper said.

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