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April 17, 2014

Mom, son accused of assisting runaway

NORTH MANKATO — A mother and son from Little Falls are facing felony charges for allegedly helping a 16-year-old North Mankato girl run away from home in December.

The mother, 42-year-old Mary Kathleen Koran, was charged earlier this month and her son, 23-year-old Joshua Eldridge Childs, was charged this week. Both are scheduled to appear in Nicollet County District Court next week for felony and gross misdemeanor charges of causing a child to be a runaway and contributing to the need for child protective services.

The girl's foster mother called the North Mankato Police Department at about 7:20 a.m. Dec. 6 to report the girl had left their home. She said she had last seen her foster daughter the previous night when the girl went to bed. A window was still open in the girl's bedroom, the foster mother reported.

When an officer asked the foster mother if she knew where the girl could have gone, she said she suspected arrangements had been made with a male over the online video service Skype. The woman had saved typed conversations that had taken place between the male, who she didn't know, and her foster daughter. The male was using a screen name of "Demonic-Evol," according to the criminal complaints.

The conversation showed the male and his mother had made arrangements to drive to North Mankato to get the girl: "she will drive me down to do all of it but you have to delete me off everything delete my convos everything (sic)," one of the male's messages said.

Banking records showed the girl had used her debit card to withdraw $60 from an ATM at a convenience store in Belle Plaine just before 1:30 a.m. Dec. 6. An investigator also was able to determine the Skype name Demonic-Evol was being used by Childs. When Childs' Facebook account was checked, the investigator found that Childs had a friend link with the missing girl.

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