Child Kidnapped By Uncle In 'Imminent Danger'

| by Sheena Vasani
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UPDATE: The 9-year-old girl has been found.


Authorities say a nine-year-old Tennessee girl kidnapped by her uncle May 4 is in "imminent danger," according to People Magazine.

"We have specific and credible information that [the victim] Carlie Trent is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death," Josh DeVine of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations said.

"We know the details and when you know the full picture and you know the extent of her danger, you better believe [it's troubling]," DeVine added.

Carlie’s uncle, 57-year-old Gary Simpson, picked up the girl from her elementary school and did not return home. The next day, an Amber Alert was issued for the child.

Before picking her up, Simpson bought the girl underwear, cosmetics, a bikini, blankets and a camping chair for children.

Yet "this was no innocent camping trip," DeVine said.

The uncle and his wife once had custody over Carlie and her seven-year-old sister for about one year when their father, James Trent, was put in jail on drug charges.

Once the father was released, Carlie went back to live with James.

Some wonder if Simpson was simply trying to help Carlie again for more natural reasons.

The most recent sighting of the two revealed Carlie was grocery shopping with Simpson, and did not appear distressed.

Officials, however, do not think that is the case.

"He had no intention to help this girl. Simpson is not helping Carlie and it is an insult, frankly, to the family and community to suggest otherwise,” said DeVine.

Shannon Trent, Carlie’s mother, agrees.

"I've always had a gut feeling," she said. "I've always had a bad feeling about Gary [and] I should have stuck with my gut."

Meanwhile, Carlie’s father, James, has put out a public message to his daughter.

"I want her to know that she's loved. That she shouldn't believe whatever he's telling her. She should get out, run, scream, do whatever she has to do to get away, because there are so many people looking for her. We'll never give up,” he said.

Police are asking anybody with information about the child’s whereabouts to call 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Rogersville Police Department at (423) 272-7555.

Sources: People Magazine (2) / Photo credit: Tennessee Bureau of Investigations via People Magazine

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