Combat veteran cleared of kidnapping charges

Combat veteran cleared of kidnapping charges

VALDOSTA, GA (WLOX) - A court in Georgia has dropped the charges against a Biloxi man accused of kidnapping.

Michael Ray McCormick was arrested in Valdosta, Ga. on August 14, 2015 after being accused of kidnapping his 5-year-old daughter from an elementary school.

According to a news release from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office that was sent to WLOX just hours after the alleged kidnapping, McCormick and David Scott Stapp flew from Ocean Springs to Valdosta, GA, in a private plane and attempted to snatch the 5-year-old from the playground of Westside Elementary School.

The news release said the men pushed down a teacher who was trying to stop them from taking the child off school property. McCormick and Stapp were arrested about 10 minutes later near the Valdosta Regional Airport, and the child was "safely recovered."

Nearly two years to the date of the reported incident, McCormick has been cleared of two felonies and four misdemeanors.

In a press release sent to WLOX News now on Thursday, attorney Nick M. Bajalia said, "Ultimately, this entire ordeal was revealed to be a domestic matter from its inception, as opposed to a criminal manner. Captain McCormick is a loving and devoted father, and a most deserving human being. Presently, he and his daughter have been reunited, and now reside together in Mississippi."

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