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Woman arrested in Midland County accused of kidnapping grandchild in West Virginia

Penny Stroud accused of kidnapping a minor (Source: Midland County Jail) Penny Stroud accused of kidnapping a minor (Source: Midland County Jail)
MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

A Midland woman is accused of kidnapping her own grandchild all the way from West Virginia.

Penny Stroud told law enforcement she believed the child was not being cared for properly while she visited her daughter in West Virginia but authorities said Stroud didn't have permission to bring the child to Texas. 

The U.S. Marshals said Penny Stroud was on the run since Friday. Local law enforcement said Stroud was visiting her daughter in West Virginia when she decided the living conditions of her grandchild, 6, were not adequate.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said, "If you don't have permission, it is a violation of the law. You cannot simply take a child."

Stroud told law enforcement she took her grandchild during a visit to West Virginia from her daughter's home because the child was in a bad place and was not being treated properly.

"I don't think any of us grandparents think our kids are doing the greatest jobs in the world," said Painter. "First thing they need to do is contact law enforcement. Contact a law enforcement officer. If you believe a felony has been committed, especially involving a child you are required by law to notify law enforcement immediately."

Law enforcement, CPS and a court are the only ones that can legally remove a child from the custody of their parents, according to Painter. 

The claims made by Stroud are now under investigation. Painter said the child's mother is on the way to Texas. Before releasing the child a CPS report will be filed with the state, the child will be interviewed by CPS, then that report will follow the family to West Virginia where the home will be inspected.

"One of the biggest things we don't want to do in law enforcement or as a state agency is to make sure we do not send a child back into a dangerous condition where they have unlivable living conditions or a dangerous situation," said Painter. 

Stroud is expected to waive extradition within the next couple of days and be sent back to West Virginia to be tried where the offense was committed.

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