DENVER (AP) — A young boy allegedly abducted from his Colorado home by his father was looking forward to coming home from Canada, his mother said on Monday.
“He was very excited to talk to me,” Brandy Turner said, recounting a Sunday phone conversation with her 3-year-old son Luke.
Authorities hoped to return the boy to his mother on Monday, but she had no further details.
Authorities said Monty Turner, 51, broke into his wife’s home in Longmont, Colo., on Saturday, attacked her with pepper spray and a stun gun, and took their son. The father was prohibited by a court order from making contact.
Monty Turner was arrested Sunday in Brandon, Manitoba, with the boy, who was unharmed, authorities said.
Prosecutors in Colorado were working with Canadian officials to get custody of the father, who was jailed in Manitoba on suspicion of kidnapping, burglary and assault. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.
Brandy Turner told police she stepped outside her home to smoke a cigarette and saw her husband in the backyard as Luke was having breakfast, the Longmont Daily Times-Call reported Monday (http://preview.tinyurl.com/oqdlyay).
She said she went inside, closed and locked the door, and tried to call 911, but Monty Turner forced his way inside and threw the phone to the floor.
During a scuffle, pepper spray was shot into her face and she felt an electric shock she believed to be from a stun gun, she told the newspaper.
The scene angered the boy, she said.
“He came unglued,” she said. “He jumped over my chair to where my husband had me on the floor and screamed at him, ‘Don’t hurt my mommy!’”
Brandy Turner said she went to another room and called 911 then saw Monty Turner leaving on a bicycle with Luke.
Monty Turner was found with the boy in a motel, but police have not said publicly how they tracked them.
Earlier Sunday, the boy’s grandfather, Ronald Turner, 72, was pulled over in southwest Missouri on a warrant for second-degree kidnapping. He was driving a vehicle with a license plate number listed on the Amber Alert for Luke.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said the grandfather was alone when he was pulled over and was being held at Bates County Jail.
Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/