Kidnapping Charges Filed In Case of Missing Springfield Girl

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man is behind bars accused of taking a missing teen to his home while an entire community searched for her. 

59-year-old Harrold J. Brooks was taken into custody charged with kidnapping on Thursday. 
 
The details of this case revealed in court documents are disturbing. A 13-year-old autistic teen was found Wednesday morning. She had been missing since Tuesday evening. She is now safe with her family, but the problem is where she spent the night. 
 
The man she was with is now charged and those who live in the same cul-de-sac as him are worried
 
“I got home at four o’clock and the police were here,” said Allan Weisner. 
 
Wisner says there was heavy police activity in their neighborhood when Harold Brooks was taken into custody Wednesday. 
 
“The detectives were going to his house and I saw them carrying out brown paper sacks with stuff in it,” he said.  
 
Another neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, says kids here were escorted by officers from the bus stop to their doorstep while all that was going on. 
 
“When you have a detective knocking on your door with your kid, it’s scary,” she said.  
 
Thursday, Brooks was charged with first-degree kidnapping. 
 
“Any adult with common sense who finds a 13-year-old child walking around at night doesn’t take them to their house, and doesn’t contact the police or somebody else,” said Lt. Culley Wilson with Springfield Police.  

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the child came across Brooks on a sidewalk along Campbell Avenue.  After an initial conversation, Brooks took the child to his residence where she spent the night. It has been determined that Brooks and the child had no prior relationship and neither did the child’s parents with Brooks.
 
Court documents state Brooks took the teen to his house on South Place. The 13-year-old said she ate and watched a movie, and that Brooks removed her clothes and washed it.
He then tried kissing her, which she described as disgusting, according to the probable cause statement.  She told investigators she was given a pill before going to bed naked and covered with a blanket. In the morning, he took her to a bus stop, that’s when a CU Transit driver recognized her.
 
“It just made me nervous because I’ve just been worried about her condition,” said T.J. Davis.  
 
Now she is safe with family… 
 
“Another prayer answered,” said Davis. 
 
And one neighbor says while they didn’t know him much, they didn’t see this coming from Brooks. 
 
“Because of his wheelchair, he didn’t really get out much. He was a friendly guy, it wasn’t someone who you’d be like ‘that could be that type of person’,” she said.  
 
But now they worry for their own kids. 
 
“Everyone is that area has kids, I have kids,” said one neighbor. 
 
 “And if he gets out of jail on this it’s going to worry a lot of people because – can their kids go out in the yard and play,?” said Wisner.  

At this point, police say they don’t know yet if there was any physical or sexual assault. And that the investigation is still ongoing. Lt. Wilson says more charges are possible.

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City Utilities released the following about their driver helping bring the teen back home safely: 

Scott Miller, General Manager of City Utilities of Springfield said, “We are thrilled T.J. was able to bring a successful resolution to this incident. Everyone at City Utilities and CU Transit is proud that his quick observation and response to the situation was able to assist the police and the community in the investigation and safely return ****** to her family.”
 

(KOLR10 deleted the name of the victim in this statement to protect her identity.)

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