Prosecutor explains kidnapping charges against 'father' of twins

Prosecutor explains kidnapping charges against 'father' of twins
(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.

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