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April 15, 2013

Northland father accused of false abduction report that led to Amber Alert

Bruce G. High of Gladstone allegedly gave police conflicting accounts of the events of April 7, including where the girl’s mother was when the girl was taken from his home. Police later found the girl unharmed.

Clay County authorities have charged a 40-year-old Gladstone man with a misdemeanor for allegedly making a false missing-person’s report last week that triggered an Amber Alert.

Bruce G. High allegedly told Gladstone police April 7 that his 5-year-old daughter had been taken from his home without his permission by a friend of the child’s mother. Authorities found the child several hours later.

High allegedly told investigators that the girl’s mother was not at the residence at the time of the abduction. Police later determined she was there, according to court records.

Also according to court records, a 38-year-old woman took the child as High argued with the girl’s mother. High allegedly told police that he had full custody of his daughter but was unable to provide court paperwork showing the mother could not have contact with the girl.

Police later found the mother and daughter in Liberty. The mother told investigators she had been hesitant to alert them because she was afraid of being arrested on outstanding warrants.

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