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Utah father woke up to a kidnapper walking across his lawn with his 5 year old..

Posted by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM
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Can you imagine!!!!

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A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.

When the father rushed outside in his pajama pants and hoodie he saw the terrifying sight of his 5-year-old stepdaughter in the arms of a stranger who was carrying her away across the front lawn. The man had snatched the girl out of her bed in the basement moments earlier after coming in the house through an unlocked door, police said.

The father confronted the man, demanding that he give the girl back. Without a fight, the intruder handed her over, and then fled the scene.

"There was a man in my home and he took my 5-year-old daughter," said the mother, crying, in a 911 call moments later. "I happened to wake up and he had my daughter outside. My husband ran out there and got her from him. But he took my daughter."

"But do you have your daughter back now?" said the dispatcher.

"Yeah, but he's out there somewhere," she said. "He came in my home...He took my daughter from my house."

A man later identified as Troy Morley, 48, of Roy, Utah, was caught two blocks away after breaking into another house in a middle-class neighborhood in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy. Morley was arrested and booked on charges of child kidnapping, burglary, trespassing and resisting arrest.

The 5-year-old girl wasn't hurt in the frightening experience, but the incident has evoked haunting echoes of when 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched out of her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002. She was held captive for nine months before being found.

The abduction attempt was not targeted, but a random incident, said Sandy Police Sgt. Dean Carriger. The family said they don't know Morley.

The intruder was in the family's basement searching through things when he came upon the girl sleeping in her bedroom, Carriger said. Police don't know what his motive was.

"It obviously was a very scary, traumatic situation," Carriger said. "The sanctity of our home is huge and for somebody to enter that and grab your child, it's got to be one of the worst nightmares a parent could face. ... If those parents were not awakened to go out and investigate, he could have easily left undetected with the girl."

After the 911 call, officers set up a perimeter, and with the help of police dogs, launched a search. The suspect went into a second home two blocks away through a doggy door in an attempt to evade capture. The dogs at that house alerted the residents, who yelled at police already in the area to come get him.

Police captured the Morley outside the second home thanks to a police dog that bit the suspect in the upper shoulder, Carriger said.

Morley isn't on Utah's sex offender registry and online court records only show a pair of divorces and DUI charges.

The family of the girl declined to talk about the experience through family spokesman Miles Holman, who said they are doing well considering the circumstances. Holman called it a miracle that the parents woke up in time.

"Thirty seconds later and it would have been all over," Holman said. "He would have been long gone."

A Thanksgiving wreath hung from the family's front door Friday. Along a sidewalk leading to the front porch were several pumpkins, including a red one painted as an Angry Bird and another with a princess figurine on top.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM
Ive been through something similar. Its the scariest thint that can ever happen to somebody. I love and hold my dd stronger ever since. Prayers to this family. Those sickos need to die and rot in hell.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM
Jesus... My step son used to live in Sandy. They recently moved far away. That is terrifying.
Crymsm
by Platinum Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM
Damn
thenameshailie
by Emerald Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM
Wow how lucky that he heard them. I don't think I would wake up if my door opened.
brettsmomma
by ~Tammie~ on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

I was shocked they left a door unlocked. Is it a small community? We live in Milwaukee and everything is locked up like fort knox! 

Quoting Anonymous 2: Jesus... My step son used to live in Sandy. They recently moved far away. That is terrifying.


eve210
by Platinum Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM
Wow that's terrifying! I'm glad they woke up just in time.
So many woman say they don't lock their doors but this is why we should. Not saying this sick pervert wouldn't have broken in anyway, but it wouldn't have been so easy.
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michal6
by Silver Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM
Terrifying!! This is why our doors are always locked, even during the day. We live in a small town but you never know when something like that will happen.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM
It is a suburb of Salt Lake City. The population isn't huge BUT I wouldn't consider it small simply because it is a part of the Salt Lake Valley which has overa million people.

I am surprised they didn't have their doors all locked but maybe they forgot one... I lock mine every night and my town has 30,000 people.

Quoting brettsmomma:

I was shocked they left a door unlocked. Is it a small community? We live in Milwaukee and everything is locked up like fort knox! 

Quoting Anonymous 2: Jesus... My step son used to live in Sandy. They recently moved far away. That is terrifying.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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He left the door open. It is scary and why we keep our doors locked all the time, alarms on at night.. We've had sales people try to open our door.
SuckIt69
by Gold Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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Wow!! Scary! Imagine if they hadn't caught the guy. How many people would be suspicious of the parents?

I'm so glad she's okay. I've told m daughter that if anyone besides mommy or daddy gets her out if bed at night, she is to scream her head off. I forgot that once and my dad went to get her when we had an early flight for a family vacay. She screamed so loud!! But I was proud of her, even gave her a donut for breakfast. :)

Glad this girl is okay.
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