Police have determined that a potential kidnapping incident in Redondo Beach that involved an 8-year-old boy was just a misunderstanding. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the incident occurred on Huntington Lane in Redondo Beach on January 27 when the boy walked past the man, who made comments the boy misinterpreted. The child felt threatened and notified the authorities. According to the police, the man was the boy’s neighbor and had no intention of kidnapping the boy. The investigation revealed that it was simply a misunderstanding and no charges were filed.
Under California Penal Code 207, kidnapping involves a person who “forcibly, or by any other means of instilling fear, steals or takes, or holds, detains, or arrests any person in this state, and carries the person into another country, state, or county, or into another part of the same county.” Kidnapping and attempted kidnapping are serious crimes that often result in extended prison sentences. Kidnapping charges in California involving children could also include sex crime charges for the defendant, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Many crimes that involve a minor occur because of a misunderstanding. That is why it is crucial to have a skilled attorney help you fight the charges every step of the way. An individual who is faced with child molestation or child sex abuse charges is looking at a lengthy prison time, hefty fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender.