AMES - A teenager who tried to kidnap a child from his home in Ames last week is still being evaluated at a mental health facility, and will stay until he is arrested.
In 2009, a former student of Aplington/Parkersburg High School shot and killed high school football coach Ed Thomas. He was being treated for mental illness and was released just hours before the murder. Police wanted the former student on other charges, but the hospital never told them when he was released.
The family in Ames won’t have to worry about that with their child. The "Ed Thomas Bill" was created after his murder to legally require hospitals to notify police and arrange for an arrest to be made without ever stepping out of the facility.
"It benefits the victims in these cases because we surely don't want to have a situation where someone was taken to the hospital and they were accidentally released and they could go back and re-offend the victim so it protects victims as well," said Commander Jason Tuttle of the Ames Police Department.
Police say once that suspect from the attempted kidnapping is brought back to Story County, they will announce the additional charges against him.
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