In a custody dispute gone wrong, Indianapolis man, Craigh Stumpf was wrongly accused by his ex-wife, Cori Wood, of kidnapping a 2-year-old girl.
This occurred only one day before their custody hearing was scheduled to go to court.
Wood told the police that her husband had entered her home without her permission and taken her 2-year old niece that lives with her.
Stumpf was absolutely shocked when police knocked on his door sometime later. He immediately invited them in and had no clue why they were at his home.The police informed him that they would have to detain him.
His daughter and the niece were on a play date.
Stumpf was sent to jail for three days, causing him to miss work as well as his custody hearing. He was fired from his job for kidnapping, burglary and breaking and entering. None of these accusations are true according to him.
From Indy Channel:
“She set him up,” Baldwin said. “She called him and said, ‘Hey, why don’t you spend some time with the girl?’ She did this so that he would go to jail the day right before the guardianship hearing to improve her position.”
After Stumpf was released from jail, Baldwin’s team was able to obtain surveillance video from a McDonald’s on Southport road showing that, in fact, Wood and Stumpf had met at the restaurant to exchange Remington around 6:30 p.m. on March 26.
Baldwin also retrieved GPS information from Stumpf’s truck – the same one shown in the McDonald’s surveillance video – showing that he had traveled to the McDonald’s and then straight home. He had not, Baldwin said, gone to the east side of Indianapolis to commit a kidnapping.
“He had the child at 8 o’clock,” Baldwin said. “He had the child at 7 o’clock. He had the child at 6 o’clock. There’s no way he could have driven up to the east side of Indianapolis, broken into this house and taken this child when he already had the child.”
Stumpf’s defense team obtained statements from the mother of his three biological children and from his parents – who all saw Remington with him at his house prior to 8 p.m.
But the strongest piece of evidence, Baldwin said, was a statement under oath by Wood’s sister Ashley Adams – who happens to be Remington’s biological mother – that Wood had made up the whole story.