Alleged abductor charged with having weapon in detention center

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man accused of taking a young girl from outside her home is now accused of having a weapon while in custody.

According to jail records, Douglas Nelson Edwards was charged with felony possession of a weapon by an inmate.

In September of 2016, Edwards, a sex offender, was charged with kidnapping a 6-year-old girl in New Hanover County.

She was found alone the next morning in a heavily wooded area off River Road about two miles from her home, according to Sheriff Ed McMahon.

As well as the kidnapping charge, he’s also charged with two counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child.  Edwards is listed on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry. According to the registry, Edwards was required to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years after he was convicted in 1996 for first degree sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor and served nearly 16 years in prison. According to the registry, the crimes involved a six-year-old. The registry says there have been no reported violations against him.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website, Edwards is on parole after being released from prison April 30 after being convicted last fall for selling drugs in New Hanover County.

His bond is now $12,410,000.


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