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Felonious restraint charge filed

WOODLAND – Quick response from law enforcement helped to return a child who was taken from his home here.

On Sunday, Hannah Marie Passley, 24 of 401 Vance Street in Murfreesboro was taken into custody by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) after she allegedly took her sister’s child.

According to Sheriff’s Chief Detective Captain Daryl Harmon, Passley was charged with felonious restraint, which is a class F felony charge.

Harmon said the charges stem from a call placed to NCSO dispatch around noon in reference to a child being taken from a home on Lasker Golf Course Road. Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Chandler responded to the call.

Further investigation concluded Passley went to the residence and convinced her sister to ride with her (Passley) somewhere.

“The mother agreed and put her four-year-old son into the van,” Harmon said.

The mother then went into the home to retrieve something for her child and in the process Passley drove off with the child inside the vehicle, a 2001 Mercury Villager Van.

“Due to Deputy Chandler’s quick response he was able to stop the vehicle occupied by Passley and the small child with the assistance of the Murfreesboro Police Department,” said Harmon.

Passley’s vehicle was stopped on U.S. 258 just south of the Murfreesboro Bypass.

The child was not harmed.

Harmon said according to Passley she took the child because of a family conflict between her sister and the child’s father, who are not living together, and had no intentions of harming the child.

Harmon said Passley was not charged with kidnapping because the child was not held hostage, in servitude nor was there an assault of any kind.

“All the (kidnapping) elements did not fit,” he said.

Passley was taken into custody by Harmon. She was placed in the Northampton County Jail on a $20,000 secured bond. Her first appearance in court was Monday.