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Lebanon man charged with kidnapping of 9-year-old girl

Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 06:50 PM CDT
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan 

LEBANON -- A 70-year-old man is behind bars after police say he tried to kidnap a 9-year-old out of her home in Lebanon.

The little girl escaped but the man was able to pull her out of her Walnut Street home into an alley where the incident ended with him running away.

Her mother told CBS 21 that she was upstairs bathing her younger child when the incident happened. Her daughter had just checked on laundry drying on the side porch and had unlocked the door.

The mother says the man got all the way into the living room, grabbed the girl, covering her mouth and eyes. He got her out the side door and carried her a half a block to an alley where he either sat her down or she escaped from  his clutches.

He told her "Get up, get up, " police said and then said something to about no one will catch him.

Police say the girl gave a very good description of the man, whom they located a few blocks away from their home.

He has been identified as 70-year-old Willis Christ Jr.

His residence was searched by police today as they try to figure out what his motivation may have been.

Christ is not currently a Megan's Law offender.

He is accused of kidnapping, simple assault, and harassment. He was unable to post bail.

The little girl is being encouraged to talk with teachers and counselors when she returns to school.Lebanon man charged with kidnapping of 9-year-old girl


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