Stepfather foils abduction of his little girl from their home

Posted at 7:06 PM, Nov 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-08 19:06:59-05

(CNN) -- A 48-year-old Utah man was arrested after police said his attempt to abduct a little girl was foiled by the child's stepfather.

Troy Mitchell Morley is suspected of two felonies -- child kidnapping and burglary, the Sandy, Utah, police department said in a written statement.

Neighbors describe accused kidnapper as ‘strange, very creepy, very paranoid’

"The motive for the abduction and intentions of the suspect towards the child are not known," police said in the suburban Salt Lake City community.

A spokesman for the family told CNN affiliate KSL on Friday afternoon that the girl was OK.

"At this moment, she seems pretty healthy and pretty happy," Miles Holman told the station.

Police said there was no connection between Morley and the family.

According to a news release from the Sandy police, Morley broke into the family's home around 4:30 a.m. Friday and found the girl sleeping in the basement. He woke the girl and told her to come with him, the statement said.

The girl's parents were awakened by the sound of the front door and the stepfather saw the assailant carrying his daughter across the front lawn.

The dad confronted the suspect and the man let go the girl and ran.

He was later caught while hiding in another home after crawling through a doggie door, authorities said. KSL spoke to the home owner.

"I went downstairs, and he was crouched up, kind of by the back door with no shirt on. And he just said like, 'Am I bad? Am I in trouble?' I just started screaming and ran up the stairs and told my husband, 'There's a man in the house,'" Tina Olsen told KSL.

After Morley refused to come out, a sheriff's canine went in and bit the suspect on the shoulder and upper right arm, police said.

Morley is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail and hasn't had a preliminary hearing, said Sgt. Cammie Skogg, a spokeswoman for Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.