According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden, about 3 a.m. Monday officers responded to a burglary and assault at an apartment on West Gladys Street in Sikeston.
When officers arrived, the victim said Vincent Stevens, 23, her ex-boyfriend and father of her child, forced entry by breaking out the glass sliding patio doors. He took a knife from the kitchen, where he threatened to harm the victim and take their 2-year-old child.
As Stevens checked the apartment for other occupants, the victim ran to the neighbors and called 911. Stevens then took the child and fled to his Haywood City residence, where Scott County deputies arrested him.
The child was located and returned to the mother. Juden noted the child received minor scratches to the face and neck from the flying glass during the forced entry into the apartment.
Stevens was charged by Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd with domestic assault in the first degree, property damage in the first degree, parental kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child and the unlawful use of a weapon.
Bond is set at $150,000 and he remains in the Scott County Jail.