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A 51-year-old Arkansas man faces a kidnapping charge after he took his three grandchildren and did not return them to their mother in Johnson County, authorities said.

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Larry Childress of Clarksville was arrested Thursday night when Newton County sheriff's deputies and park rangers found him and the three children near Ponca, according to a news release from the Johnson County sheriff's office.

The 7-year-old, 2-year-old and 1-year-old children were picked up by Childress, their maternal grandfather, on Tuesday and were supposed to be taken home the next day, according to a news release.

Childress did not return the children, the release said. Deputies found the man and the children near the Buffalo National River after getting a tip that they might be camping there, the release said.

Childress is being held in the Johnson County jail without bail. A May 4 court date has been set.

Metro on 03/25/2017

Print Headline: Grandpa arrested; 3 kids not returned

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