Prosecutor explains kidnapping charges against 'father' of twins - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Prosecutor explains kidnapping charges against 'father' of twins

Aaron Young with his children on Halloween 2016. (Source: Aaron Young) Aaron Young with his children on Halloween 2016. (Source: Aaron Young)
(Source: Osceola Police Dept.) (Source: Osceola Police Dept.)
Aaron Young Aaron Young
OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) -

A local prosecutor is clarifying the reasoning behind kidnapping charges against a man claiming to be the father of twins. 

Region 8 News talked to 24-year-old Aaron Young during a phone interview on Tuesday. The man is accused of taking the six-year-olds out of the state.

He believes because his name is on the birth certificates of Aaron and Aaerion Young he did no wrong taking them. 

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said if the children are born out of wedlock and there is no court order establishing paternity, a parent's name on a birth certificate just has "argument of paternity." 

Ellington said in this case, a parent cannot grab the children and leave. He said an order of paternity is necessary. 

Osceola Police Chief David Gladden told Region 8 News on Tuesday there was not a legal justification for the man to take the children. 

The two children were found safe Tuesday night in Sacramento, California. 

Young faces two kidnapping charges.

Gladden is unsure when Young will be extradited back to Arkansas to face the charges. 

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Two arrested in kidnapping of missing girl

    Two arrested in kidnapping of missing girl

    Friday, February 23 2018 4:36 PM EST2018-02-23 21:36:59 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 8:36 AM EST2018-02-24 13:36:28 GMT

    Two people were in custody Friday after their arrest on suspicion of kidnapping a Mississippi County girl. 

    Two people were in custody Friday after their arrest on suspicion of kidnapping a Mississippi County girl. 

  • breaking

    Dollar General decides to close South Caraway Road store

    Dollar General decides to close South Caraway Road store

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:27 PM EST2018-02-23 02:27:45 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:06 PM EST2018-02-23 03:06:27 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to company officials, the Dollar General store on South Caraway Road in the Highland Square shopping center is closing its doors. 

    According to company officials, the Dollar General store on South Caraway Road in the Highland Square shopping center is closing its doors. 

  • Lake City officials take wait and see approach on flooding

    Lake City officials take wait and see approach on flooding

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:11 PM EST2018-02-24 04:11:18 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:42 PM EST2018-02-24 04:42:04 GMT
    A truck moves slowly Friday in Lake City as the town awaits any problems from flooding. (Source: KAIT-TV)A truck moves slowly Friday in Lake City as the town awaits any problems from flooding. (Source: KAIT-TV)
    A truck moves slowly Friday in Lake City as the town awaits any problems from flooding. (Source: KAIT-TV)A truck moves slowly Friday in Lake City as the town awaits any problems from flooding. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    Heavy rains have impacted areas throughout Northeast Arkansas while officials in Lake City said Friday they are doing fine after a much-needed break in the rain. 

    Heavy rains have impacted areas throughout Northeast Arkansas while officials in Lake City said Friday they are doing fine after a much-needed break in the rain. 

Powered by Frankly