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Benton Police: Couple Arrested in Child's Kidnapping Attempt

Investigators say incident is related to a child custody issue.
BENTON, AR -- A couple has been arrested in a child's kidnapping attempt.

The Benton Police Department (BNPD) says the alleged incident was uncovered as part of a burglary investigation early Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to a home on Hobbs Rd. shortly before 3:00.

That's where a man told them someone had possibly broken into his home while he was sleeping and that his child had been kidnapped during the incident. The man said he heard a noise and saw somebody in his home earlier in the night, but when he looked he didn’t find anyone.

The man later got a phone call from a deputy with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office who said he found the child in question (a 6-year-old) walking down the street about a mile from his home.  

It was determined through the investigation that two suspects, later identified as Amy Dickerson, 30, and Landon Dickerson, 31, of Benton, had broken into the home and kidnapped the child.  

Police say information and evidence suggests that the suspects abducted the child in an attempt to interfere with an on-going child custody issue.

Both are charged with Kidnapping, Residential Burglary, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. They are being held in the Saline County Jail.

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