A Moore County man was arrested Monday on charges he kidnapped a Davidson County teen last week from a Lexington foster home, authorities said Tuesday.
Christopher Steele Boles, 36, of Aberdeen is charged with first-degree kidnapping and abduction of children, according to two arrest warrants.
Boles was being held Tuesday in the Davidson County Jail with his bond set at $1 million, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office said.
Boles is scheduled to appear in court on March 29.
Davidson County sheriff's deputies went to the American Children's Home on Feb. 16 after they received a report that a missing girl, Kayla Carlson, 15, had left the home with a man, the sheriff's office said.
Davidson County sheriff's detectives, the State Bureau of Investigation and Moore County Sheriff's Office then began looking for Carlson.
Investigators learned that a man picked her up from the American Children's Home after Carlson had contact with the man using her school-issued laptop, the sheriff's office said. Investigators found Carlson at a motel Monday in Aberdeen in Moore County, the sheriff's office said.
Moore County sheriff's deputies then found Boles and arrested him, the sheriff's office said. He was then taken to the Davidson County Jail in Lexington.
Carlson has been taken to the Davidson County Department of Social Services, the sheriff's office said.
Kathy Berrier, the president and chief executive at the American Children’s Home issued a statement Tuesday about the case.
“We are so happy that Kayla Carlson has been found and is safe,” the statement said. “The safety of our children is foremost in the protocols and practices at American Children’s Home.”
The home’s staff followed its procedures on Feb. 16 when Carlson left the home, the statement said. The staff called 911, searched the premises for Carlson, and the home’s cottage parent supervisor then met with deputies, the statement said.
Officials at the American Children’s Home are working to increase the security on its campus, the statement said.
“Our facility is not a locked facility,” the statement said. “The locks are on the inside.”
Five days before Carlson left the American Children’s Home, Savannah Grace Childress, a 14-year-old Davidson County girl, was reported missing from her home in Denton.
Investigators discovered that Childress was using her school-issued computer to communicate with William Robert Ice, 38, of Pennsylvania.
With assistance of several law enforcement agencies across the United States, investigators learned that Ice might be in a red Dodge Durango in Lonoke, Ark.
Two Lonoke police officers then confronted Ice Saturday in a car with Ice and another person inside the vehicle. Ice then pointed a gun at one of the officers and fired as Ice was getting out of the car, authorities said.
That officer was wounded, and a second officer returned gunfire as Ice got back into the car and drove away.
Ice’s vehicle eventually became disabled in a snowbank, and Childress ran from the vehicle and taken to safety by an Arkansas State Highway Patrol trooper. Childress has been returned to her home in Davidson County.
Ice apparently shot himself when he was confronted by other Arkansas state troopers, and Ice later died at a hospital.
In the Carlson case, Boles also was charged with the possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Boles is scheduled to appear in court on April 5 in Moore County for the drug offenses.
Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Davidson County Sheriff's Office at 336-242-2105.