Woman admits to kidnapping middle school girl for the day

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Poplar Bluff, MO (KMOV) — A Poplar Bluff woman is now in custody after allegedly kidnapping a middle school girl.

James Miller and Tonjia Miller called police to report the April 27 incident. James Miller told police Lori Flickinger signed his 13-year-old daughter out of her middle school for the day without his knowledge or consent. James Miller said he does not know Flickinger.

After an initial investigation, police said Flickinger went to Poplar Bluff Junior High School and signed out the 13-year-old girl under a false name. She told the school officials that she was the girl’s sister and that they had to attend a family matter.

Flickinger took the girl out to eat and then they went to Flickinger’s home, where they stayed for a few hours. Flickinger dropped the girl off at an after school church activity.

When police interviewed Flickinger, she admitted to the taking the girl from school. She told police she was a friend of the girl’s biological mother. Tonjia Miller is the girl’s step-mother. Flickinger was arrested and placed in Butler County Justice Center for the charge of Kidnapping.