QUINCY -- A Quincy man arrested last month in Oklahoma in connection with the alleged abduction of his 18-month-old son is back in Adams County facing charges.
Court records show that Nathaniel D. Fortney, 41, has been charged with one count of child abduction, a Class 4 felony, and one count of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor, in connection with the alleged abduction April 25. He made his first appearance Monday morning in Adams County Circuit Court.
Fortney was arrested April 29 in Commerce, Okla., after authorities said they found him, the 18-month-old boy and two other juveniles.
Quincy police said they were called April 27 to 1101 S. 36th to keep the peace while Marina Vela picked up the child at Fortney's home.
While officers were trying to assist Vela, two juveniles allegedly ran out the back door of the home with the child. After searching the woods behind the home, the child and the juveniles couldn't be found. Police later learned that Fortney and the toddler were heading to Oklahoma in a silver 2007 Dodge Caliber, and detectives assisting with the investigation obtained an arrest warrant for Fortney on suspicion of child abduction, and the child was listed as a missing person.
According to an article in the Miami (Okla.) News-Record, the child was found with Fortney and the two juveniles at a convenience store in Commerce.
Police said the child appeared to be well taken care of and was in good condition. The child was placed in the care of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services until he could be returned to his mother.
Fortney reportedly told law enforcement officers in Oklahoma that he was trying to protect his son. Police noted that Fortney was cooperative and that the baby seemed happy and healthy.
Fortney is being held in the Adams County Jail on $50,000 bond. He is due back in court May 24 for a preliminary hearing.