Man wanted in Illinois for kidnap of daughter arrested in Miss.

Published 6:07 pm Friday, July 28, 2006

An Illinois man, wanted on kidnapping charges for the abduction of his 2-year-old daughter on July 18, has been arrested in Pike County.

Raymond T. Wilson, 23, of Winnebago County, Illinois, was being held Thursday in the county jail after being arrested on Interstate 55 in McComb.

A routine tag inspection by a Pike County sheriff’s deputy led to Wilson’s arrested on Wednesday.

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Authorities said his daughter, Hannah Wilson, was in a child restraint seat and was handed over to welfare officials. The girl was returned to her mother, Mallory Hay, of Rockford, Ill., on Thursday.

Deputy Robert McNabb said Thursday that he ran a check on Wilson’s car tag because he thought it had expired. McNabb said a dispatcher told him that the truck was being sought by Illinois authorities.

“I followed him for three or four miles before stopping him,” McNabb said. “I had three or four units waiting ahead.”

McNabb said Wilson did not try to flee and was arrested without a struggle. Officials found no weapons or drugs in the vehicle.

Winnebago County sheriff’s investigator Vince Lindberg said he had talked with Wilson at least once by cell phone since the abduction but that Wilson never disclosed where he went. Lindberg said Wilson will be charged with child abduction when he returns to Illinois.

Lindberg said Wilson and Hay are not married, but he was allowed a visit on July 18 at Hay’s mother’s home. During the night, Wilson left with his daughter.