A 27-year-old homeless man was charged Tuesday night with kidnapping and auto theft after a 7-year-old girl was taken. The girl was returned to her family.
The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department said Scotty L. Fitzgerald drove into an attached garage in the 10100 block of U.S. 60 West about 6:45 p.m.
A woman who lives at that address called for help, telling dispatchers that a man she didn’t know had a little girl with him who was crying and scared, according to the sheriff’s department.
When deputies arrived, Fitzgerald appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Fitzgerald said he didn’t know who he was, who the girl was or where he was.
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When deputies searched him, they found a small ax tucked under his jacket sleeve and a large knife and a set of brass knuckles inside his jacket.
Deputies also found three bags of suspected methamphetamine in the jacket, the sheriff’s department said.
The girl had been taken from her yard after Fitzgerald had an argument with her family.
The car was also taken from the family, according to the sheriff’s department.
The girl’s mother told deputies that she didn’t know the man had taken her child.
Fitzgerald was charged with kidnapping a minor, auto theft, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, endangering the welfare of a minor and first-degree trespassing.