Woman Charged After Kidnapping Girl, Driving To Illinois

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CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — A woman charged in the July kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl had charges filed against her on Tuesday (Aug. 16).

Chelsea Munholland, 24, will be arraigned Wednesday on charges of residential burglary, permanent detention or restraint, theft of property and being a habitual offender.

Munholland, who no longer had custody of the child, kidnapped the girl on July 15 while the toddler was sleeping in her grandmother’s bed, according to police.

Van Buren Police later reported Munholland was arrested. Illinois State Police had conducted a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle on Interstate 64 in White County, Ill. The girl was recovered safely from inside the vehicle.

Crawford County court records show Munholland had pleaded guilty June 10, 2016 to felony theft of property, felony possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture a controlled substance and failure to appear on felony charges.

Records show Munholland was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, but was given a $10,000 conditional release because there were no open beds in the facility where she was supposed to serve her sentence. That conviction stems from two arrests in May and then July 2015.

Munholland was transferred to the Arkansas Department of Corrections August 16, as a bed had been made available, according to the Crawford County Circuit Clerk’s Office.