POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (October 24, 2012)—Jeffrey Dean Shelton, 45, of Poplar, Mo., a convicted Central Texas sex offender, was charged Wednesday in the abduction of a 5-year-old southeast Missouri girl.
The Butler County, Mo. prosecutor charged Shelton with four felonies, including child kidnapping and domestic assault after Shelton and the girl were found Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop along a highway about 10 miles south of Poplar Bluff, which is also the child’s hometown.
The probable cause statement says a woman went to Shelton's home early Wednesday and saw the child and that Shelton told the woman he was going to have to kill her and the girl.
The woman told authorities that Shelton bound her with duct tape and made the child expose herself.
The woman escaped, and Shelton fled with the child.
Shelton as arrested in 1990 for the abduction, rape and sodomy of a 12-year-old girl at Fort Hood.
Online records indicate he was released from custody in February 2011.
An Amber Alert issued early Wednesday said the girl was taken between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday from her family’s home in Poplar Bluff.
Relatives last saw her as she slept on a living room couch.
The girl's mother reported her missing just before 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The search for the girl and her abductor involved more than three-dozen officers.
Danielle Shepard of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the girl appeared to be unhurt, but said she was taken to a hospital as a precaution.