POLICE: Man charged with kidnapping his 1-year-old and fleeing to South Carolina

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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. - UPDATE April 27: A man is charged with kidnapping his own 1-year-old daughter from Blytheville, Arkansas and fleeing to South Carolina. 

Kenyatta Talley was arrested on a kidnapping warrant in Pickens County. Police said he fled Arkansas on April 9 with the girl, who he does not have custody of, and ran to South Carolina. 

On April 12, the child was returned to her mother by Talley's mother. 

Talley is in the custody of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office and also faces charges in that area. He will be extradited back to Blytheville later. 

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Blytheville police are searching after a baby was taken by their non-custodial father. 

Captain Scotts Adams of the the Blythville Police Department said they received the call around 3 p.m. Sunday. 


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Kenyatta Talley of South Carolina is believed to have the child, 1-year-old Tyraji Johnson, and is heading to his home state. 

On Saturday, Tynese Newmy, 22, told police the suspect's sister, 18-year-old Niambi Talley, asked if she could watch the baby. 

This was not out of the ordinary and Newmy agreed, the report said.

Several hours later, Newmy's mother said Niambi called and asked for clothes so the child could stay the night. 

Newmy refused and said she would come get the child later. 

The next day, Newmy found out Talley had taken the child, police said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Blytheville police at (870) 763-4411. 

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