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Corbin man arrested for attempted kidnapping, promoting human trafficking

From The Times Tribune -

Ronnie Helton - WCDC

A 73-year-old Corbin man was arrested Wednesday night April7, 2021 by Corbin Police on charges of attempted kidnapping of a minor and promoting human trafficking of a minor.


Ronnie Helton was booked in Whitley County Detention Center at 9:52 p.m. and is set for arraignment at 1 p.m. Thursday.


According to information from the family posted via Facebook, a toddler boy was playing in the yard of his house on Gordon Hill in Corbin. The family said Helton grabbed the boy's arm and tried to take him, but the boy's mother and her boyfriend yelled at him and ran towards him.


The post said that Helton then offered them $1,000 for the boy. The boy's mother got a description of the vehicle and a license plate number and Corbin Police Department arrested Helton later Wednesday evening.


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