Missing Toddler's Grandmother Faces Federal Kidnapping Charges

Missing Toddler's Grandmother Faces Federal Kidnapping Charges


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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Federal kidnapping charges were filed today against Kelley Jean Lodmell in connection with the disappearance of her granddaughter Acacia (a-SAY-sha) Patience Bishop.

Lodmell also faces murder and kidnapping charges in Idaho for the suspected drowning death of the 19-month-old girl last month in Idaho Falls.

Lodmell has a history of mental illness and had been limited to supervised visits but apparently took the child while she was being watched by her great-grandparents -- Lodmell's parents -- in Salt Lake County. The child's disappearance prompted a nationwide Amber Alert.

Lodmell and the child spent the night in an Idaho Falls motel. The next day a soaking-wet Lodmell told a power plant employee that a child had fallen into the Snake river.

Based on the interviews and other evidence, investigators concluded she had attempted a murder-suicide.

Lodmell will appear in federal court in Salt Lake City Thursday afternoon.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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