Kidnap Arrest on I-10

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

2-2-07

Local authorities caught a Hillsborough County man accused of kidnapping his infant son. Among a barrage of questions, James Davis was taken into custody.

"Sir, do you have anything to say?”

“They're arresting me for taking my own son to see some friends," he replied.

But law enforcement says that's not the case. Troopers say 33-year-old James Davis battered his estranged girlfriend in Hillsborough County and fled with his infant son.

Authorities say Davis was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 heading to Texas when he made a crucial mistake. Troopers say Davis called his ex-girlfriend from a pay phone at this rest stop in Jefferson County, telling her he had their son.

Hillsborough County detectives learned about Davis' whereabouts and alerted Florida Highway Patrol, who put the brakes on Davis' plans.

John Bagnardi said, "Within five minutes of receiving the bulletin, myself, along with Sergeant James Gaskins and Trooper Ryan Shaw, we were in a construction on I-10 and we observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, and we were able to recover the child."

One-month-old Jacob Davis was unharmed and slept through the chaos surrounding him. Troopers are now keeping him in custody until his mother arrives in Tallahassee.

Meanwhile, Davis is being held in the Leon County Jail, charged with child neglect, interference with child custody, and domestic battery.


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