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.

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