Man accused of kidnapping toddler in Pittsburgh jail

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The man charged with kidnapping a West Virginia toddler Friday, driving her to Washington County in a stolen car and then stealing another vehicle before being caught by police is in the Allegheny County jail.


Timothy Adam White, 23, of Morgantown, W.Va., was jailed following his preliminary arraignment either late Friday night or early Saturday morning after he was treated for injuries at Jefferson Medical Center.


A jail spokesman said White is there on $2 million bond but declined to discuss charges White faces. The summary of White’s arraignment indicates a bail of $1 million but that does not include any charges that could have been filed from authorities in West Virginia.


There, White faces charges of kidnapping Starr Parks, 2, daughter of John and Stephanie Parks of Reedsville.


Police said White knows the couple who live over a service station. They are unsure who owns the vehicle White stole when he left Reedsville with the young girl at 11:45 a.m.


The car was found abandoned near the Lone Pine exit of Interstate 79 by state Department of Transportation workers. However, it had not been reported stolen by West Virginia police when it was discovered.


West Virginia police also apparently did not issue an Amber Alert.


The state trooper investigating the kidnapping was unavalable for comment as was anyone with the Preston County Sheriff’s office.


In Richeyville, White stole a van owned by a cable company, later leading police on a pursuit first on Toll Road 43 and then on Route 51. In Baldwin, police said he crashed into a number of police cruisers positioned to stop him.


He reportedly resisted arrest.


White faces charges in West Virginia, and Washington and Allegheny counties.


In Allegheny County he is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. He faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 20.


Richeyville resident Jim Weid stopped and offered White and the toddler a ride near the Giant Eagle GetGo about 1:30 p.m. because of the cold. When they arrived at Weid’s Oak Street home, White made off in the van parked nearby.


How White ended up in Richeyville after the car he had stolen from West Virginia ran out of gas on the intertate was remains a mystery. A trooper at the Pittsburgh barracks said Saturday no one had called to provide any information and police are still asking anyone who may have seen White at the Lone Pine exit or may have given him a ride to call them at 412-787-2000.


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