Kingsport Police Department Officer Terry Christian arrested Edward Medina, 25, after he was told he’d have to bring an 11-month-old girl back to her mother immediately. He reportedly said he would — after Christmas.
Medina, of Tucker, Ga., allegedly took his biological daughter to Georgia on Dec. 18 after her mother fell asleep while he was visiting their Stonegate Road home. He said Wednesday that he had April Speers’ permission to take the girl to spend the Christmas holiday with his family in Atlanta.
Speers told police that Medina never acquired parental rights to the child, according to an affidavit. They’d never been married, and she’d never lived with him, she said. Medina said Wednesday that he does live with her, if only on weekends because he lives in an apartment in Georgia that’s paid for by his employer the rest of the week while he works.
Speers told police Medina refused to bring her daughter back when she contacted him repeatedly by cell phone.
KPD Officer Mark Mason told Medina on Dec. 19 that he’d have to return the infant immediately.
Medina said he brought the infant back to her mother Dec. 20 and then turned himself in at the Kingsport Justice Center.
He was released on $2,500 bond that same day. He is scheduled to appear in a Kingsport court on Feb. 14.
“It was all a big misunderstanding,” Medina said, explaining that Speers panicked because he took the girl while she was sleeping. Medina said he did that because he didn’t want to wake her.
Medina said he is waiting to see if Judge Duane Snodgrass will drop the charge when he goes to court.