UPDATED: Missing 4-Year-Old Girl From Mt. Carmel Found In Chicago

Updated 07/18/11 – 5:06 p.m.

MT. CARMEL, Ill. (CBS) — A 48-year-old man was in custody on Monday, charged with kidnapping after he allegedly took his 4-year-old niece without her parents’ permission in downstate Mount Carmel over the weekend and was then found in downtown Chicago Monday afternoon.

Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said that John Mallory and his niece, Taytum Lewis, were found in Chicago after their disappearance triggered an alert that the two were last seen in a white 1998 Chevy conversion van.

Mount Carmel Police Chief Jeff Besing said that Mallory took Taytum from Mount Carmel on Saturday, without her parents’ permission, then showed up at a relative’s home in Chicago on Sunday.

Chicago Police and Illinois State Police coordinated a search for the van, which had been reported stolen by Taytum’s parents.

Police found the van Monday afternoon, abandoned near the intersection of Upper Stetson Avenue and Lake Street. Mallory and his niece were found nearby.

The girl was taken to a local hospital to be checked out and Besing told WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller that Mallory has been charged with kidnapping. He said it was a “blessing” that Taytum had been found safe.

Besing said Mallory is being held on $50,000 cash bond, which means he has to come up with the entire amount to bond out.

Besing said he plans to travel to Chicago to interview Mallory.

  • Lyndia

    Why would this “uncle” do this and the article said that he took the child from a relative’s home in Chicago but the child was from Mt. Carmel, Illinois. The parents were in Mt. Carmel. Something is confusing about the way this article is written. Does this uncle have a record? If so, why would you want him around your child? I hope this precious little girl is found safe and sound but something does not sound right.

  • Marie

    If the girl has been missing since Friday, then why is there no amber alert in place? The parents should demand it! That poor child could be anywhere. I hope she is safe.

  • Kristy

    We have tried and are continuing to try to get an Amber Alert issued- also the man she is with is her cousin, they were in Chicago visiting family when he took her.

  • Jaye

    I will definitely pray that this precious child is found safe.

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/19/downstate-mom-overjoyed-that-kidnapped-daughter-is-safe/ Downstate Mom ‘Overjoyed’ That Kidnapped Daughter Is Safe « CBS Chicago

    […] As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, the girl, Taytum Lewis, was allegedly kidnapped by her uncle, John Mallory, 48, in downstate Mount Carmel over the weekend. They were found in downtown Chicago Monday afternoon. […]

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