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Illinois Man Arrested In Kidnapping Of Teenager And Baby

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – An Illinois man accused of kidnapping his 13-year-old step-daughter and her 3-week-old baby has been arrested at a makeshift campsite in West Virginia.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Humphreys tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail someone called in a tip that Christopher Ray Derleth had been spotted in the Cabin Creek area. Derleth was arrested around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. He will be returned to Madison County, Illinois, where he faces kidnapping charges.

Derleth’s step-daughter and her son were transported to a local hospital to be examined. Humphreys says they appeared to be fine.

Authorities in Illinois have said the teenager has a congenital heart defect and a pacemaker. Derleth had previously been ordered not to contact her.

Humphreys did not know if Derleth had an attorney.