A man who kidnapped his 8-month-old daughter from his ex-girlfriend faces 25 years in state prison after a jury found him guilty, the Kings County District Attorney's Office said Monday.
The saga began Aug. 2 when the baby's mother, Arlene McCoy of Corcoran, woke up at 5:30 a.m. and saw her ex-boyfriend, Aaron Reading, 31, of Tulare County, grab the infant from the crib and run through the house as the baby screamed, the District Attorney's Office said.
McCoy chased him, but tripped in the front yard as Reading got into his car and sped off with the baby in his lap.
She called 911, and two off-duty detectives got into their own cars and searched for Reading on Highway 99 after a telephone company traced Reading's cell phone to the freeway.
Corcoran police Det. Alex Chavarria spotted the car and called the CHP for help, and a CHP officer from Madera made a stop. Reading was arrested without incident, and the baby was found in an improperly installed seat, the District Attorney's Office said.
Two days before the kidnapping, Reading sent threatening messages to McCoy on Facebook, such as "Something huge is going to happen in a few days," and "I am going be on the news."
McCoy called police and told authorities that Reading had said during her pregnancy and after the baby was born that he would sell the child in San Francisco because the infant was cute.
At a four-day trial last week, the jury found Reading guilty of kidnapping, residential burglary and making attempted criminal threats.
He has a prior conviction of stalking and criminal threats. He is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 4 and faces 25 years and 4 months in prison.
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