Arrest Reports

Sep 30, 2013 12:08 PM by AP (Photo courtesy; MGN online)

Man booked with kidnapping of Metairie baby

Jefferson Parish detectives have arrested a New Orleans man accused of kidnapping a friend's 1-year-old daughter.

Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the department, says deputies found the girl shortly after her father reported her missing around 5 a.m. Sunday.

The girl's 27-year-old father told investigators he went out with friends Saturday evening and left his daughter in his stepfather's care. But when he returned home early Sunday morning, someone had forced open the front door and the girl was not in her crib.

Fortunato tells The Times-Picayune 25-year-old Derek Harbiston has been booked with simple kidnapping.

It was unclear whether Harbiston has an attorney.

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