CANTON The Norwood man charged with kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from Pennsylvania will return to that state to face charges, according to his lawyer, who said the suspect insists he is the girls father.
Peter A. Tarbox, 39, and his mother, Annette M. Williams, 55, both of Maple Street, Norwood, waived extradition Wednesday after being held since Aug. 15 in the alleged kidnapping of Alexandria Jade Long.
The two were taken into custody the night of Aug. 15 after they were found at a gas station in Gouverneur with the girl, who was unhurt. She was reunited with her mother, Laura McCabe.
When Pennsylvania State Police activated the New York AMBER Alert that afternoon to report the child abduction from an Oak Street address in Gordon, Pa., the alert stated that Mr. Tarbox was a former acquaintance of the girls mother from seven years ago and that he was not related to the child.
Butler Township Police Chief Edward J. Tarantelli said Mrs. McCabe told investigators that Mr. Tarbox was not the girls father but they previously had lived with him.
St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button represented Mr. Tarbox and said Monday that his client told him he has proof of paternity.
My client has advised me that he is in possession of paperworks from the state of Pennsylvania that prove he is the father, Mr. Button said, adding his client told him that paternity had been established around the time of the girls birth.
Once returned to Pennsylvania, Mr. Tarbox and Ms. Williams will face charges of kidnapping for ransom, interference with custody of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
My client has indicated to me that he is innocent of the charges and wishes to return to Pennsylvania to challenge the allegations brought against him, Mr. Button said.
Mr. Tarbox and Ms. Williams are being held in St. Lawrence County jail awaiting extradition, and Pennsylvania authorities have until Saturday to pick them up, according to jail officials.
Chief Tarantelli said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking over the case, which will be prosecuted by the U.S. attorneys office.