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Sex offender who abducted baby in Virginia cornered in NC home, police say. Girl found safe.

Randolph County Deputy Jimmy Barnes holds baby Emma Grace Kennedy after she was found safe in Randleman, NC. The girl was abducted Sunday by her father, Carl Ray Kennedy, a registered sex offender, police say.
Randolph County Deputy Jimmy Barnes holds baby Emma Grace Kennedy after she was found safe in Randleman, NC. The girl was abducted Sunday by her father, Carl Ray Kennedy, a registered sex offender, police say.

Police have found the 7-month-old girl abducted Sunday in Danville, Virginia, by her father, a convicted sex offender from Asheboro, North Carolina.

Emma Grace Kennedy appears to be in good health and is being evaluated in a local hospital, Danville police said. Police have notified Emma's mother.

The child and her accused abductor, 51-year-old Carl Ray Kennedy, were found at a residence in Randleman, a town of about 4,100 people 23 miles south of Greensboro.

Kennedy appeared in Randolph County court on Wednesday on charges unrelated to Emma's abduction and is being held under a $2 million bond. He is expected to be extradited to Viriginia to face charges in Emma's kidnapping.

Nearly a dozen officers participated in the arrest, including members of the Danville police, Randolph County Sheriff's Office, FBI and U.S. Secret Service.

Randolph County Sheriff Robert Graves said Kennedy did not put up a fight and was not armed.

"He seemed like somebody that's been on the run, that was tired, I guess," Graves said in a press conference. "He didn't have a whole lot to say and kind of not a whole lot of reaction. Not a lot of expression."

TV station WSLS identified the residence as a mobile home on Wells Lane in Randleman and said Kennedy had attempted to disguise his gold 2007 Suzuki Forenza by painting it black.

It was believed Kennedy and the girl had arrived at the home sometime Tuesday morning and had not been there through the night, Graves said. He declined to talk about who else may have been in the home, if anyone, and if they would face charges. The exact location of the home was also not revealed.

As for the girl, Graves said he believed she might "on her way" back to her mother. "I don't know the exact time frame," he said.

He said it was unclear if anyone connected to the home might face charges.

Investigators believed almost from the beginning that Kennedy might bring the girl to North Carolina, after allegedly abducting her Sunday from a Kwik Stop convenience store in Danville, Virginia.

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Deputies released this photo of Carl Ray Kennedy's vehicle, which he had painted black from its original gold color in an attempt to elude authorities. Randolph County Sheriff's Office

Early Tuesday, the Durham Police received a tip involving a man who was trying to sell a baby, according to TV station reports. TV stations WTVD and WRAL reported a tipster said a man tried to sell a baby at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Durham's East Woodcroft Parkway.

However, a Durham police spokesman said later the case was not connected to the abduction.

Virginia State Police said in a Twitter post Monday night that a man believed to be Kennedy was "possibly seen near Seven Springs, N.C., about 6:30 p.m.

Virginia State Police said Monday that they believed Emma Kennedy was "in extreme danger."

Carl Ray Kennedy is on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry, which requires convicted sex offenders to list their addresses with local law enforcement. Kennedy had visited the Randolph County Sheriff's Office as recently as May 25 about a change of address in the county, Graves said at the press conference Tuesday.

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Carl Kennedy Virginia State Police

Kennedy took the girl shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police said.

TV station WRIC reports Kennedy took the girl after assaulting her mother with a knife at a Kwik Stop. The woman was not seriously injured, reported VirginiaFirst.com. The incident happened when the two parents met to discuss visitation rights, reported TV station WFXR.

Kennedy is listed on the sex-offender registry because he was convicted in 2014 of a misdemeanor sexual-battery charge in Randolph County and a charge of assault by strangulation. In 2012, he had been convicted in Brunswick County of assault by strangulation and possession of a Schedule II drug.

He was released from prison on Aug. 18, 2014, and was on parole until May 2015, according to North Carolina prison records.

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