USA: Six felony charges filed in parental abduction case


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A Terre Haute man faces six felony charges in connection with the alleged abduction of his toddler daughter on Sunday.

James Denny, 22, appeared Thursday in Vigo Superior Court 6, where Judge Michael Lewis appointed an attorney and set another hearing for June 2.

Criminal charges filed include domestic battery with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness and  two counts of intimidation, all Level 5 felonies. Also filed were Level 6 felony charges of pointing a firearm and domestic battery. A Level 5 felony carries a potential sentence of 1 to 6 years in prison.

Information filed in court states Denny struck a woman with a weapon inside a home in the 1100 block of Maple Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. He also fired several shots into the walls of the house near two adults, threatened to kill those two adults and pointed a firearm at them. Two small children were also inside the home during the incident.

Police report Denny took an 18-month-old girl from the house and fled the scene in his pickup truck. He later released the girl to a relative, and then returned to the residence with another relative.

Denny remained in Vigo County Jail with bail set at $50,000, no 10 percent allowed.

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