Public Safety

Iowa City man charged with kidnapping after carrying 3-year-old 'short distance' before being stopped by child's mother

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man is facing a felony kidnapping charge after police say he carried a 3-year-old a short distance before the child’s mother retrieved the child.

Rodney Bryant, 24, has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, according to an Iowa City police news release.

On Thursday, police were called to the 2000 block of Taylor Drive for a report of a child picked up by a male stranger and carried away. The child was uninjured, according to the release.

After being confronted by the child’s mother, the man, later identified as Bryant, left on foot.

Police arrested Bryant Friday evening.

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