NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A man faces kidnapping and domestic violence charges after police say he hid in the woods with his young daughter.
Officers were called to a Niles home around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday for a reported domestic violence situation. A woman said the father of her child, Miguel Pardo, attacked her and then ran into the woods with their 16-month-old daughter.
Police say they searched the woods and side streets for Pardo but couldn’t find him.
A neighbor, Darius Harris, said he was in bed when he heard police cruisers outside his house. He said he woke up to a knock at the door by police.
“Just letting me know everything that’s going on. Letting me know they’re going around searching different places throughout here to make sure that they found him,” Harris said.
An AMBER alert was not issued because Pardo was the father and it was unknown if the child was in danger, according to a police report. The child was entered as missing.
Police said Pardo eventually returned the child to the girl’s mother. They said he initially refused to come out of the house but finally surrendered.
He told police that he was the victim of domestic violence and that he ran away with the child because the woman assaulted him.
When officers asked why he hid in the woods with the toddler, he had nothing to say, the report stated.
He is being held on $600,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.