Reported kidnapping in South Knox County actually domestic assault; girl safe

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says a 15-year-old girl originally believed to have been kidnapped at a South Knox County apartment complex had actually been involved in a domestic assault and is safe.

Deputies said at a media conference Tuesday afternoon the incident started in the city where the girl’s teenage former boyfriend and an adult male picked her up at school. She went willingly, but when the 17-year-old began assaulting her, deputies say she tried to escape.

That’s when deputies say they pulled over at Quarry Trail Apartments on Sandstone Loop Way and she tried to get away, but they forced her back into the car.

Knoxville police say the girl’s mother reported on Monday that her daughter had been assaulted by her teenage boyfriend, but the family wasn’t sure whether they want to prosecute. After the alleged kidnapping made the news, the girl and her family contacted police to say she was safe.

Deputies say the girl was injured, but they aren’t sure whether charges will be filed in the case. Because the incident began in the city, the Knoxville Police Department is taking over the lead in the investigation.

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