SAN FERNANDO (CNS) – A 37-year-old man who allegedly reached through a window to kidnap a 3-year-old girl from her Newhall home, was charged Monday, Jan. 12, with kidnapping and burglary.
Ethan Odom of Saugus is facing one felony count each of kidnapping a victim under 14, first-degree burglary and attempted kidnapping. He appeared in a San Fernando courtroom and pleaded not guilty. He is due back Jan. 27, when a preliminary hearing date is expected to be set.
On Thursday night, Jan. 8, about 7 p.m., Odom allegedly approached the house in the 24200 block of Arch Street from an alley, removed a screen from a window where the 3-year-old and an older girl were, prosecutors said.
The older girl started screaming, alerting adults in the house who called 911. The toddler’s father and uncle went in search of the 3-year-old and soon found her in the arms of the suspect, prosecutors said.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Odom. The girl was unharmed. “It appears there is no relation between the suspect and the 3-year-old or her family,” a deputy said shortly after Odom’s arrest.
About an hour before grabbing the 3-year-old, Odom allegedly tried to lure a 9-year-old away from her mother, sheriff’s detectives said.
Odom was convicted of receiving stolen property in 2011, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted as charged, Odom faces a maximum sentence of 13 years and four months in prison.