Champaign County authorities investigating alleged parental abduction

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY - The Champaign County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in its investigation of a reported parental abduction that happened Thursday morning.

Deputies say at about 11:00 a.m., the Champaign County Sheriff's Office received a report of an alleged parental abduction of a six-month-old girl from a home in St. Joseph.  Authorities say it was reported that Thomas Boitnott, 23, the biological father of the baby, allegedly had a verbal argument with the biological mother of the baby girl.  Champaign County Sheriff's deputies say Boitnott allegedly left the home with the baby girl and the mother's car, without her permission.

Authorities say the preliminary investigation into this incident revealed that Boitnott did not make any threats to harm himself or the child, and that there is no reason to believe that Boitnott would harm himself or the child.  Champaign County authorities say they are asking for the public's help in locating Boitnott and the child to verify their well-being.

Deputies say Boitnott is described as standing 5'9" tall, weighing about 135 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.  Boitnott also has a tattoo on the left side of his chest that reads, "Kayla."  The car that Boitnott is reportedly driving is described as a 2005 light-blue Hyundai SUV with Illinois registration JUDYR63.

If you see Boitnott, you are asked to call the Champaign County Sheriff's Office at (217) 384-1213.

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