Man accused of kidnapping his child in violation of court order

DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man is accused of kidnapping his child in violation of  emergency protective and domestic violence orders, according to Danville Police.

Investigators say officers were called to a home on Nokomis Street Thursday about a possible EPO/DVO violation.

Police say they spotted the suspect’s vehicle and pulled it over.  They say the driver, 35-year old Joseph Simpson, was arrested on an outstanding burglary warrant.

After further investigation, police say they learned Simpson had driven to his child’s home in violation of a court order to stay away.

They say Simpson is accused of snatching his child off of a bicycle and putting the child in his lap in the driver’s seat.

Police say the child’s mother witnessed the incident and jumped into the passenger seat in fear for her child’s safety.

Investigators say Simpson drove off with the woman and child in his car and refused to let them out as he drove around Danville.  They say Simpson eventually dropped the two off a short distance away from the home on Nokomis Street.  Both were unharmed, according to police.

Investigators say in addition to the outstanding burglary charge, Simpson was charged with kidnapping of a minor, unlawful imprisonment and violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.

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