Missing Girl's Father Arraigned On 5 Charges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EAST LANSING -- A 3-year-old East Lansing girl is safely back home with her mother, while her father is jailed on $500,000 bond on kidnapping and other charges.
East Lansing police Capt. Tom Johnstone says his officers arrested 28-year-old Lester Pernell at a relative's home in Detroit on Tuesday night and found Amaya Pernell unharmed.
Johnstone says the arrest was without a struggle.
The father was arraigned Wednesday on kidnapping, home invasion and domestic violence charges and ordered jailed on $500,000 bond. It's unknown if he has a lawyer.
Authorities say Pernell assaulted his daughter's mother and abducted the girl Monday night. An Amber Alert was issued for Amaya, and the FBI helped East Lansing police search for her.


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