Suspect in "Stranger Danger" Incident Charged with Kidnapping

Gary Charles Clayton III[September 26, 2011, Bel Air MD] – Brian Hamilton Childress, age 49, was arrested on Saturday, September 24, 2011 on kidnapping charges in connection with a "Stranger Danger" incident that occurred a week earlier at the Carsins Run Sports Field located in Aberdeen, MD. It was reported to the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the Child Advocacy Center that a mother witnessed her 5 year old son walking with an unidentified male towards a cornfield near the sports fields. The mother called out for her son, who returned to her and the male quickly disappeared into the cornfield. The young boy told his mother that the male had asked him to help him find a toy he had lost. The male was not known to any of the other parents at the sporting event.

Utilizing a variety of investigative techniques and resources, Harford County Sheriff's Office detectives were able to determine that the suspect described as a white male, age 45‐50, approximately 5'07"‐5'09", 185‐200 lbs with short dark hair, a weathered face and a salt and pepper, scruffy beard was Brian Hamilton Childress, age 49, of no fixed address.

An arrest warrant was issued and Childress was picked up without incident early Saturday morning in the Whiteford area of Harford County, MD. He has been charged under the annotated code of Maryland with CR 3‐503 a with Kidnapping‐Child under 16, which speaks to the suspect attempting to entice a child either forcibly or fraudulently away from the control and/or custody of a parent or guardian.

He is currently being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center while awaiting trial.

News Release

September 26, 2011


  • Monica Worrell

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