Man arrested after taking child from foster home

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Police say a man who took his young child from a foster home is behind bars in Clay County.

Authorities searched across the state the past day for Jeff Hillebrandt, and found him when he was heading back toward Manchester.

Right now, he is charged with first degree criminal abuse.

Police were not expecting to find Hillebrandt in Clay County.

"We searched county-wide, went into surrounding counties with no luck. I honestly didn't believe we would find him today in this county," said Sgt. Chris Curry from the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

On Friday afternoon, Curry says that Hillebrandt went to Oneida to take his three year-old child from foster parents, and drove toward central Kentucky.

He says they actually talked to the suspect on the phone Friday night at his sister's house in Oldham County, but could not find him afterward.

On Saturday afternoon, Lockard's Creek firefighters spotted Hillebrandt's car on the Hal Rogers Parkway. They followed until police caught up to him and the child, who Curry says was unharmed.

"He stopped, no type of resistance at all, and retrieved the child into custody," said Curry.

Police say even though the child appears to be okay, it will be checked out at Manchester Memorial before being put back in custody of social services.

"Very fortunate things ended this way. not often ends this way," said Curry.

When asked about the incident, Hillebrandt simply said, "Talk to my attorney."

The foster parents said they did not want to comment on the situation.

Hillebrandt will be arraigned in court next week.

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