Jury acquits man accused of taking girl without permission

A St. Joseph County jury acquitted a man who was accused of taking his ex-girlfriend's granddaughter without permission in September 2015.

Charles Jackson was accused of taking Anikah Smallwood on September 24, 2015 from a home on Kentucky Street without permission.

The girl's grandmother thought Anikah's other grandmother was with Jackson and let Anikah leave with him.

Jackson was arrested when he took Anikah back to the home.

He was originally charged with kidnapping, but that charge was dismissed and he was charged with criminal confinement in March 2016.

The trial concluded on June 7 and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the criminal confinement charge.


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