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Man Arrested For Kidnapping Two-Year-Old Daughter

April 24, 2014, 5:56 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Man Arrested For Kidnapping Two-Year-Old Daughter
Jared Scott Swets


A Sioux Falls girl is being reunited with her mom after being kidnapped by her father earlier this week. Police say the search for the pair stretched into several states, but thanks to a national search system, the girl was located quickly.

24-year-old Jared Scott Swets was in Sioux Falls for Easter weekend visiting family. While visiting his two-year-old daughter, things were going so well that Swets asked to take the girl with him for the afternoon.

The mother of the girl has full custody, but agreed to give them some time together. What she didn't agree to was how much time Swets decided to take.

"The father did not return the female, the juvenile female, to the mother in the time frame that was agreed upon. And then it became obvious when she reported to us and we began looking into it that the father was being evasive as to where he was and what his intent was," Lt. Matt Burns with Sioux Falls Police said. 

Swets has family in the area, but currently lives in Oregon. Authorities determined he was probably on his way back to Oregon with the girl, and the situation turned into a kidnapping.

Because of Swets' previous record with drugs, police became concerned for the girl's safety.

"He had some issues with recent narcotics charges and things like this. There were some concerns passed on to us that are still under investigation with other family members," Burns said. 

That's when a dragnet was sent out to law enforcement across the region, asking officers to look out for Swets' car.

Police say he also borrowed phones and made calls along his route, which helped police track him and led to his arrest.

"Based upon entering that information into NCIC, and being able to through various ways to track this person, he was arrested last night in Boise, Idaho. With the great detailed assistance of the Boise, Idaho, Police Department," Burns said.

The young girl is safe and in custody in Idaho. Her mother is on her way to pick the girl up.

Swets is facing several charges in the case.

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