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Suspect in Sandy kidnapping appears in court

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Posted at 6:55 AM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-18 14:23:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of taking a 5-year-old girl from her Sandy bedroom appeared in court Tuesday morning for a brief hearing.

Troy Morley, 48, faces several charges, including child kidnapping, burglary, unlawful criminal trespass and interference with an arresting officer in connection with an incident earlier this month.

According to a statement from the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, Morley allegedly went into the Edson family’s Sandy home back on Nov. 7.

Official documents state Aaron Edson got out of bed after hearing noises and his stepdaughter’s voice, which he said was odd so early in the morning.

Authorities said Edson found Morley carrying his 5-year-old stepdaughter from the house.

According to the documents, Edson told Morley to give him his stepdaughter and he agreed.

The documents state Morley ran from the home and the K-9 Unit tracked his sent to neighbor Tina Olsen’s home where she woke to dog barking and police in her yard.

According to the documents, Olsen then found Morley in her basement where he told her, “I’m in trouble. I’m bad.”

Documents show Olsen went upstairs to tell police Morley was in her house when he ran out to her yard unseen.

Officers said they found he had jumped a fence and ordered him to put his hands in the air.

Police said Morley didn’t listen so they were forced to use the K-9 Unit to take him to the ground.

The documents state Morley still didn’t listen so two officers were needed to take him into custody.

Morley remains in the Salt Lake County Jail on a $2 million bond. He is due back in court for another hearing on December 2.