Dad spots kidnapper in the act, saves 5-year-old daughter

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SANDY, Utah -- Parents in a Salt Lake City suburb awoke to terror Friday morning where police say a 48-year-old man attempted to kidnap their five-year-old daughter. Sister station FOX 13 reports that  Troy M. Morley allegedly broke into a home and was rummaging through the basement before taking the girl from her bed.

"(He) came across a five-year-old girl sleeping in her room, woke her up, and subsequently took her from the house, carried her right out the front door,” Sergeant Dean Carriger with the Sandy Police Department told FOX 13.

But police say Morley woke the girl's parents up while in the act.

"While doing so the parents heard noises at the door, woke up to investigate what was going on, and the father found this individual carrying his daughter across the front lawn," Sgt. Carriger told FOX 13.

FOX 13 reports that her dad then confronted Morley and demanded he give her back. Morley complied and handed the girl to her dad before he fled.

Morley was found about 45 minutes later when he allegedly broke into a nearby house and caused the dogs to start barking. The woman who lived there went down to her basement and reportedly found Morley, and then yelled to police outside who had set up a perimeter in the neighborhood.

He initially resisted arrest and was subdued by a K-9. Morley was bitten on the shoulder and arm and briefly hospitalized before he was taken into custody. He faces charges of child kidnapping, burglary, criminal trespassing, interference with an arresting officer and failure to obey an officer.

Police say the girl and her family are doing well and assisting with the investigation.

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