Poplar Bluff woman charged with kidnapping teenager
A Poplar Bluff woman was arrested and charged with kidnapping a teenager on Thursday.
The Poplar Bluff Police Department says they got a call from James and Tonjia Miller about an incident that happened on Wednesday.
According to James, his 13-year-old daughter was signed out of school without his knowledge or consent by 37-year-old Lori Flickinger.
James says he and Tonjia, his daughter’s step-mother, do not know Flickinger.
Police say that Flickinger went to Poplar Bluff Junior High at 11:40 a.m.
She told school officials she was the teenager’s sister and that she was checking her out for a family matter.
Flickinger signed out the teenager with a false name.
Flickinger then took the girl to eat at a local restaurant and then to her home.
The teenager stayed at Flickinger’s home for a couple of hours before being dropped off at an an after-school church activity.
Flickinger admitted to the incident and told police that she was a friend of the teenager’s biological mother.
She was arrested and taken to the Butler county Justice Center on a kidnapping charge.