Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrests an alleged kidnapping suspect


The Carter County Sheriff’s Office charged 30-year-old Michael Lawrence Carpenter with kidnapping, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and elder abuse after an incident Sunday evening.

Deputies were called to Whaley Town Road where a woman told them Carpenter had assaulted her, pushed her into a barbed wire fence and took her two children.

He is the biological father of the children, however the woman showed court documents stating she has sole custody.

Deputies then went to Carpenter’s home, where the two children were found.

Carpenter is now being held in the Carter County Detention Center on a $41,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court on April 5.

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