- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Court documents say a 48-year-old Coralville man will claim justification in defending himself against accusations that he abducted his 10-year-old stepdaughter.

Kenneth Johns is accused of kidnapping the girl from a Solon home in early March. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (https://icp-c.com/1cBAIlY ) that Johns’ attorney filed documents Wednesday that say Johns intends to “rely on the defense of justification” in contesting a kidnapping charge.

The girl’s mother, 44-year-old Shelly Johns, in April pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges. Criminal complaints say Shelly Johns burned her daughter’s face with a cigarette, smacked her, kicked her and pulled her hair. Police also say Shelly Johns kept drugs inside the house where she lived with the girl and used them in her presence.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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