TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Terre haute couple accused of kidnapping a child have admitted to the crime.
Nicholas Runyon and April Bell of Terre Haute have both pleaded guilty for allegedly kidnapping a 4-year-old boy back in July of 2011.
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett says the couple made reference to the boy as their child and that was their motive to take the child and never return.
Hogsett says, "But clearly both of the defendants expressing a desire to resolve the case by pleading guilty and being held accountable for there alleged criminal conduct is good news I think, certainly for the government, the tax payers and the citizens of Terre Haute."
The couple lied to the mother of the boy saying they were taking the boy to a birthday party but then never returned.
Runyon and Bell traveled for three days across several state lines.
Police were able to track Runyon and Bell through a trail of ATM transactions from a credit card Bell stole from her mother.
The trail led police to a hotel in Pikeville, Kentucky where they arrested Runyon and Bell.
In plea agreements Runyon could face time in prison for no less than 20 years with supervised release for life and Bell could receive up to 20 years with supervised release for life.
The holiday season is often a happy one for the whole family, but for those grieving the loss of a loved one it can be a difficult time of the year. One local family is carrying on the memory of their son during the holidays.
UPDATE: Around 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Terre Haute Police Department responded to the Statesman Inn room 144 at 1407 N 3rd Street. Officers found Randall Norton Jr, 21, with multiple stab wounds to his back and abdomen.
Update: The Washington Police Department is looking to speak with a person of interest in an ongoing death investigation.
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family. For some people the term family goes beyond their children.
Thursday night’s church fire in Prairie Creek in Vigo County was still smoldering Friday afternoon.
UPDATE: An assault on Friday around 2 p.m. leaves one man seriously injured. Terre Haute Police responded to the 2100 block of Locust Street in Terre Haute after a report of a battery.