Married couple arrested for allegedly kidnapping boy in Washington Parish
ANGIE – A married couple was arrested for allegedly kidnapping the husband's son from his biological mother while the child was in her custody.
Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a home on Moses Road in Angie on July 21 and found a woman standing in the front yard screaming, alleging that her son was kidnapped by his biological father. The woman had a bloody knee and scratches, the sheriff's office says.
The woman told deputies that the child's father, 31-year-old Keenan Moses, came into her home, grabbed her son and forced him into the back of a vehicle that was driven by his wife, Christen Moses.
The woman said she tried to get her son from the vehicle, but Keenan knocked her to the ground and began striking her. According to the sheriff's office, the boy was able to get out of the vehicle and run into the house. However, Keenan got a handgun from the vehicle and forced his way into the home, where the boy's mother and three other children were inside.
The sheriff's office says he then held the gun to the mother's head, grabbed the boy and put him back inside the vehicle. The mother tried to get the boy out of the car again, however Christen locked the doors and drove off with Keenan and the boy inside.
After statements from witnesses were given, the sheriff's office contacted Christen and she agreed to meet one of the deputies at a location in Varnado where she was arrested. Christen told deputies that Keenan was on the way to the hospital in Bogalusa to have the boy examined for an alleged injury.
The Bogalusa Police Department was notified of the situation and sent an officer to the hospital where medical staff said Keenan had not been there, the sheriff's office says. A deputy was also sent to the hospital to see if Keenan would arrive, but he did not. However, Keenan's father later arrived with the boy.
The sheriff's office says, Keenan's father was not aware what occurred earlier and only brought the boy to the hospital because Keenan asked him to do so. The boy was examined by medical staff and it was determined he was not injured.
The sheriff's office says, the mother of the child was advised to come to the sheriff's office in Bogalusa to pick up her son. Keenan's father was asked to call Keenan to also come to the sheriff's office. After waiting hours for Keenan to turn himself in, deputies obtained an arrest warrant.
On July 22, the deputies were advised by the Varnado Police chief that Keenan was at his home and wanted to turn himself in. Deputies went to Keenan's home and took him into custody.
Keenan Moses was arrested on charges of home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, simple battery and being a fugitive from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office where he was wanted for failure to appear on a marijuana charge. His bond was set at $70, 500 and he remains in the Washington Parish Jail, according to the sheriff's office.
Christen Moses, 25, was arrested on charges of aggravated kidnapping. On July 23, she was released after her $10,000 bond was posted.