Man charged with kidnapping of 11-year-old girl

Donald Rice
Donald Rice

A Knox County man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after police say he took an 11-year-old mentally handicapped girl from her home.

Donald Rice, 50, of Artemus, is accused of coercing the child, who is “unable to communicate,” into getting into his vehicle, according to a news release from state police.

The girl’s guardian found Rice’s vehicle in a secluded area nearby, but he quickly drove away when the guardian approached, state police said.

He then went back to the girl’s home and “got her out of the vehicle,” according to the news release.

Witnesses told police they had seen Rice’s vehicle sitting in the driveway at the home before the girl was discovered missing.

State police in Harlan were called at 10:35 p.m. Monday.

Rice was arrested and taken to the Knox County Detention Center on a charge of kidnapping of a minor. He was being held on $50,000 bond, according to police.