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Who is the man who kidnapped the 5-year-old Poplar Bluff girl?

Posted: Updated: Oct 26, 2012 01:31 PM
Authorities have called Shelton the 'face of evil.' Authorities have called Shelton the 'face of evil.'
Esther Hernandez just found out the suspect lived right down the road. Esther Hernandez just found out the suspect lived right down the road.
Shelton's home on Lela. Shelton's home on Lela.
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POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Neighbors said they can't believe this man lived right down the street from them.

Jeffrey Shelton is charged with child kidnapping, burglary, felonious restraint, and domestic assault.

Shelton rented a home at 1003 Lela Street in Poplar Bluff. One woman said he's lived there for just about a year.

Neighbors said they would see Shelton come and go, but didn't know much about him.

Shelton is said to have held a few temporary jobs through an agency in Poplar Bluff. One man who worked with him said Shelton did his work, but kept to himself, so they didn't know him well.

Esther Hernandez is a mother of four, and just found out Thursday the suspect lived right down the road.

"I didn't even know that, to know that is scary right there cause my kids actually go over there and play with other little kids, I mean knowing that they walk, it's not that far, but still they can snatch them there in a second," said Hernandez.

She said she's always worried for her four kids.

"To know that somebody like that would actually take a kid, I mean that's heartbroken, why would they want to harm a little kid, especially 5 years old, I have a small one that's actually four," said Hernandez.

She said she's shocked no one in the area knew he was a sex offender.

"I'm thinking if we're going to have sex offenders living around the neighborhood, they should ask the neighborhood first before renting it so the neighbors can feel safer you know?" said Hernandez.

According to court documents, Shelton's home on Lela is where Shelton's girlfriend went Wednesday morning and noticed a child. That's when Shelton allegedly told her, he would have to kill her and the child. Papers say he then started beating the girlfriend, and tied her hands together with duct tape.

Police say the girlfriend escaped, ran to a neighbor's home, and that's when Shelton took Abigail and fled.

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