Woman arrested for kidnapping, assault

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Seneca suspect being held on more than $40,000 bond

A Seneca woman is being held in the Barry County jail facing two felonies and a misdemeanor after allegedly kidnapping a child from a home in Washburn.

Randall Tilford, 28, of Seneca, is charged with kidnapping, first-degree burglary and misdemeanor third-degree assault.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Angela Cole, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the victim in the case came to the Barry County Sheriff's office on June 22 to make a report. Tilford was allegedly drunk and entered the victim's home in Washburn unlawfully at about 11:30 p.m., according to the victim.

The victim said while in bed, Tilford came into the home and pushed and grabbed the victim, leaving bruises. Tilford then allegedly took a child from the home and left.

The victim had a letter of guardianship for the child from the 40th Judicial Circuit Court in McDonald County.

Contact with the victim was made by phone on June 26, when the victim said the Newton County Sheriff's Office was assisting with getting the 
child back.

Tilford failed to appear for an arraignment for the misdemeanor assault charge on Aug. 23, leading to a warrant being issued and her being arrested on Sept. 7. A warrant for her arrest was also issued for the kidnapping and burglary felonies on July 15.

Tilford is being held in the Barry County jail on a $40,000, cash-only bond for the felonies, and a $750 bond for the misdemeanor. She has yet to appear in either case, and an arraignment for the felonies is schedule for Sept. 22 in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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