Stepfather thwarts kidnapping attempt after suspect snatches 5-year-old from bed

Posted: 6:31 PM, Nov 08, 2014
Updated: 2014-11-08 18:26:38-05

SANDY, Utah (PIX11) -- A five-year-old girl is safe at home after her stepfather confronted an intruder who tried to abduct her from her bed.

Sandy police Sgt. Dean Carriger told the Salt Lake Tribune that the suspect entered the home through an unlocked door around 4:30 a.m.

Police say the suspect grabbed the girl and fled the house through the front door.

The noise woke the parents, who went to investigate what happened.

Police arresting Troy Morley. (KSTU/FOX 13 News)

Police arresting Troy Morley. (KSTU/FOX 13 News)

The stepfather looked out the front door to see the suspect carrying the girl across the lawn.

Carriger told the newspaper the stepfather screamed "What are you doing, that's my daughter, you're not taking her!"

The stepfather confronted the suspect who dropped the girl and fled the scene.

The girl was unharmed.

FOX 13 News obtained the 911 call made from the child's mother.

"He went and grabbed her but he's out somewhere," the woman said. "I don't know how he got in here. We must have fallen asleep with the door unlocked but for him to come in here and have gotten to my children, they're in the basement."

Police canvassed the area and found the suspect, later identified as 46-year-old Troy M. Morley.

According to FOX 13, police found Morley about 45 minutes later when a neighbor found him in her basement.

"I looked to see where the dog is at, and I saw a few things moved around a little bit and he was crouched up by the door without a shirt on," Tina Olsen said. "And he said something like, 'am I bad or in trouble' or something. I just started screaming and ran out the door."

Police say Morley entered the home through a doggy door.

Officers are still investigating but don't believe that the family and Morley have any connection.

Morley faces felony and misdemeanor charges including child kidnapping, burglary, trespassing and resisting arrest.