Investigation opened into child being kidnapped

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 2:07 PM EDT
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LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky State Police troopers are investigating after finding a child from Leslie County they say was kidnapped.

Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call late Monday night from a mother who said her 12-year-old daughter had gone missing.

“Evidence located there at the scene and from doing a neighborhood canvass indicated that the female may have possibly left with an individual in a white Ford pickup truck,” said Trooper Matt Gayheart.

Troopers in London were able to locate the truck and conduct a traffic stop. The driver was identified as 20-year-old Noah A. Foote from Millington, Tennessee. It was discovered during the traffic stop that the child was in the car and Foote was arrested.

During the interviews, it was discovered that the child was talking with Foote through social media.

“We’ll be doing search warrants on phones, things like that, just trying to piece together from the get-go and the first day they started talking,” Trooper Gayheart said.”

He was planning to take her back to Tennessee to live with him. Foote is being charged with one count of kidnapping a minor.

Trooper Gayheart says this situation is a valuable lesson for children and their parents.

“Social media is a great thing and it can be a great tool, but it can also be very detrimental to the safety of our children,” said Trooper Gayheart. “So we have to be cognizant and really be vigilant on trying to make sure we know what our kids are looking at on social media and especially who they’re talking to.”

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