'I feel like he would hurt Emma,' Mom speaks out about baby allegedly kidnapped by father
DANVILLE, Va. (CNN Newsource/ABC7) -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 7-month old girl in Virginia.
Police say Emma Grace Kennedy was kidnapped on Sunday by her father, a registered sex offender.
Emma's mom, Kristen Murphy, is petrified of what could happen to her little girl.
She says Emma's dad, Carl Kennedy, has been harassing them for the past month
Murphy says she broke off their three-year relationship in March after he was arrested on drug charges.
She says he was out of jail and asked to meet her at this gas station in Danville.
"In hopes of him leaving me alone, I went to go meet him,” Murphy said.
She says he tried to get into her vehicle, started hitting her and attempted to stab her.
He eventually took off with Emma in his car.
She believes with his lengthy criminal history; her daughter's life is in danger.
"He has nothing left to lose now. I feel like he would hurt Emma,” Murphy said. "He is just going to either disappear or I’m never going to see her again because he's going to harm her. I think he is that sick."
Police say Kennedy may have been spotted near Seven Spring, North Carolina Monday night.
He could be headed to Oak Island, driving a gold Suzuki Forenza vehicle.
Authorities said Kennedy is registered as a sex offender in Asheboro, which is 30 minutes south of Greensboro, North Carolina. He's currently out of jail on a $250,000 bond on a drug distribution charge.
North Carolina incarceration records show Kennedy was convicted in 2014 on a felony charge of strangulation and a charge of misdemeanor sexual battery. Sexual battery means he engaged in sexual contact with someone against his or her will or with someone who was mentally disabled or physically incapacitated, according to the state's criminal code.
He was required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Assistant Chief Mark Lineberry of the Asheboro Police Department told the Courier-Tribune of Asheboro that the charges stemmed from a report by a woman that Kennedy assaulted her at a home.
Anyone with information on Emma or Carl is asked to call 911 or the Danville City Police Department at 434-799-5111.