HENRY COUNTY, Va. – Three felony charges have been filed against the man who abducted a 12-year-old from her home in Henry County earlier this month.
21-year-old Kaleb Merritt is charged with rape, computer solicitation of a child younger than 15, and abduction, connected to the kidnapping of a girl from her Bassett home on February 12.
Court records indicate the two met over Instagram before messaging each other on an app called Discord. Police say Merritt told the victim to leave her home and hide her phone after authorities contacted him.
The next day, she was reported missing by a relative. She and Merritt were found the following day in Henderson, North Carolina. Merritt was arrested without incident.