- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

NORTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been charged with kidnapping a 6-year-old girl who police say went missing for hours before she was found in his car.

Police say witnesses had seen the girl talking to a man in a black car with tinted windows around 11:45 a.m. Friday in Easton. They say the child was reported missing just after noon and was last seen leaving her Norton home alone with a pink suitcase.

An officer pulled over a car around 2:45 p.m. Police say the girl was found unharmed in the vehicle.

Police say the driver, Avery Howard, was questioned and later arrested on charges of kidnapping and assault and battery.

Authorities say Howard will be arraigned at a later date. It couldn’t be determined Saturday if he has an attorney.

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