- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A man who says he spotted keys dangling in a Ford Explorer’s ignition, then jumped in and took off in the vehicle, says at first he didn’t see the two kids in the backseat.

Justin Cobb apologized to the family Thursday as he was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for second-degree kidnapping and related crimes.

Authorities say the 8-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister were watching a movie in the vehicle and waiting for their father, a 7-Eleven manager who had stopped by the Grants Pass, Oregon, store on a Saturday morning in May 2013. Cobb grabbed the vehicle from the 7-Eleven’s parking lot.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1mnGLrv ) that the 34-year-old Cobb dropped the children off near an ambulance business, where they were quickly found and reunited with their family.

Cobb was arrested two days later. His relatives told the court about his struggles with drug addiction.

The children’s mother, Kristina Rutherford, told the judge her son was so traumatized that he slept in the hallway by his parents’ door.


Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com

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