Johnson City Press: Judge ups bond for Georgia man charged with kidnapping 10-year-old

Judge ups bond for Georgia man charged with kidnapping 10-year-old

Becky Campbell • Jul 13, 2019 at 12:08 AM

A Georgia man driving a rental car with Florida tags who enticed a 10-year-old girl to get in his vehicle, bought her food and a BB gun and even took her by his hotel to show her the pool was arraigned on kidnapping and other charges Friday in a Jonesborough courtroom.

James Cranfield, 64, 139 Bright Lane, Ringgold, Georgia, was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and drug crimes — possession of methamphetamine to sell or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule VI drugs.

He was originally held on $67,500 bond, but during his arraignment Friday, Assistant District Attorney General Bill McManus gave Judge James Nidiffer several reasons Cranfield was a flight risk and asked for an increase in the bond.

“Your honor, we have a man from Georgia driving a Florida car who kidnapped a Tennessee girl while on probation in Virginia,” McManus said. He didn’t know the charge for which Cranfield was on probation in Virginia, but said officials there planned to file a violation of probation charge because of the arrest in Washington County.

Nidiffer increased Cranfield’s bond to $100,000.

The incident happened Wednesday when Cranfield apparently saw the girl playing basketball outside her home between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and began a conversation with her. The girl later told police she didn’t remember the conversation, but said the man told her he would take her to get something to eat. She said they first went to McDonald’s on Browns Mill Road and then to Walmart, where Cranfield bought her a BB gun.

After that, Cranfield took the girl to his hotel off Boones Creek Road, telling the girl “he wanted to show her the pool,” and told her his room number. After that, Cranfield dropped the girl back off near her residence  around 8:15 p.m. Cranfield told the girl he would be back around 10 a.m. the next day to take her to breakfast.

With details the girl provided to police, investigators were able to determine Cranfield was the suspect. On Thursday, police found Cranfield at the Quality Inn, 119 Pinnacle Drive, and took him to police headquarters. Police said Cranfield gave investigators permission to search his mobile devices. Two pornographic images of a minor were found on one of his mobile devices. The images on the phone were not of the kidnapping victim.

Cranfield’s next court date was set for July 24.



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