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Man kidnaps girlfriend’s children then asks for $100 ransom

By Mason White 1:37 PM June 23, 2013
Cody Lee Panther 

By: John Roberts
A man was arrested after he kidnapped his girlfriend’s children and held them hostage.

Cody Lee Panther, allegedly kidnapped the children ages 2 and 4-years-old, and then demanded $100 in order to return them.

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma were called after the mother said her 29-year-old boyfriend took her children without permission after an argument. Panther reportedly demanded a payment of $100 in exchange for the children. Panther, was arrested on two counts of child kidnap after he allegedly took the children from his girlfriend’s house to his apartment during an argument. He refused to return them without money.

Panther sent a text message to the children’s mother asking for $100 in exchange for the children, according to Officer Leland Ashley. Police recovered the children from Panter’s apartment. The children were unharmed and were returned to the mother. Panther was taken into police custody. His bail was set at $50,000.

In another incident, a man stole his daughter’s baby at birth, told the mother that the baby was stillborn, and then sold the baby. The baby was bought through Facebook by Amit Kumar, a New Delhi, India businessman.

The grandfather, Firoz Khan, believed he was helping his daughter when he stole and sold his grandson. Khan wanted his daughter, who divorced last year, to get an abortion when she became pregnant, but after she refused to get an abortion, he hatched an evil plan.

He stole the baby at birth when the mother was sleeping and sold the baby to a hospital nurse, who then sold the baby on Facebook. The sale was apparently part of Khan’s attempt to facilitate the second marriage of his daughter.

Khan, 47, of India, along with three others were arrested this week after the newborn was sold on Facebook. Feroz, who lives in Ludhiana city in the northwestern state of Punjab, allegedly abducted the baby from his daughter Noori Khan, at the hospital, shortly after birth, then he told his daughter that the baby was stillborn.

The grandfather sold the baby to a hospital employee for 45,000 rupees or $830. The nurse then sold the baby on Facebook for $14,800. “It makes me mad to hear that the father did this to his own daughter and grandchild. If the father honestly felt that this was best for his daughter then why sell the baby to a stranger for money instead of finding a good home for the baby,” Child advocate Sneha Verma of Haryana, India told after hearing about the police investagation of the kidnaping.

Noori filed a complaint with the police that her son had been kidnapped. After investigating, police found the baby in the house of New Delhi businessman Amit Kumar, who bought the baby through Facebook. The baby was reunited with his 20-year-old mother.