- 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.


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

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