Missouri Man Charged with Allegedly Kidnapping Daughter, Assaulting Wife

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GALLATIN, Mo. — A Missouri man has been charged with kidnapping and other charges after he allegedly took his daughter by force from his wife, authorities said on Wednesday.

Jonathan Ray Lee Parker, 26, faces parental kidnapping, domestic assault and disturbing the peace in connection to the alleged kidnapping on Wednesdy morning.

According to authorities, Parker forcibly took his daughter from her mother as the two were leaving a Gallatin dental office. Parker then allegedly hit his wife with his car as he was leaving the scene. Authorities from the Gallatin Police Department, Daviess County Sheriffs Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol searched for Parker until he was finally contacted and persuaded to surrender by Gallatin Police.

Parker is now being held in the Daviess-Dekalb County Jail in Pattonsburg, Mo. while formal charges are requested through the Daviess County Prosecutor.

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