VA A.B.: Missing from Bassett, VA - 12 Feb 2021 - Age 12 *Found Safe*

Amber Alert issued for abducted 12-year-old believed to be in ‘extreme danger’​

A 12-year-old girl has been abducted from Henry County and now Virginia State Police are working to find her and the man suspected of taking her.

She was abducted on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and was last seen at 2373 Reed Creek Drive in Bassett.

Police say she could be in extreme danger.

The child has been identified as AMB. She is a described as white with brown hair and blues. Allie is 4-feet 11-inches tall and weighs 107 pounds. Police say she was last seen wearing a grey James Madison University sweatshirt and dark fleece pants.

VSP believe she was abducted by Kaleb Christopher Merrit. A 21-year-old white man with brown hair and green eyes. Merrit is 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. Police are unsure of what he could be wearing at this time.

It is possible Merrit is driving a 2000 Light Green Mercury Grand Marquis with a Texas tag. The license plate number is DMP-2294.

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Even though the girl is back home in Henry County, Merritt is still across state lines.

“It is his right to challenge extradition, or not,” said M. Andrew Nester, the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney. “The overwhelming majority of people wave extradition, but for those who don’t then the governors of each state get involved, their offices, and we seek what’s called a Governor’s warrant.”

That process could take up to three months, but when coupled with the pandemic, it could be late summer before Merritt has a preliminary hearing.

For now, Henry County authorities say a second investigation is ongoing with another possible victim.

Following this experience, the 12-year-old girl’s neighbor is urging children to speak up and hoping those impacted by nightmares such as this will heal.

“Anything that you feel uncomfortable about, always talk to your parents, always be honest, because there’s nothing in this world that your parents, they don’t ever want you gone,” the neighbor said.

Merritt is set to appear in court on Monday, March 1 in Henderson, North Carolina for his extradition hearing.

He faces three counts of rape of a child less than 13-years-old, computer solicitation of a child, and abduction of a minor to manufacture child pornography.
 

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Texas man heads to trial for abducting 12-year-old girl from Henry County in February​

A Texas man is headed to trial for multiple felonies after abducting a 12-year-old girl from Henry County back in February.

21-year-old Kaleb Merritt is charged for abduction, rape and solicitation of a child following a relationship with a 12-year-old girl. Merritt will now be heading to trial to face these charges.

During Merritt’s preliminary hearing on Tuesday, the Commonwealth called six witnesses to the stand, including the 12-year-old victim and her great grandmother who she was living with at the time of the incident.

A date has not been set for Merritt’s trial yet.
 

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Texas man indicted for rape of 12-year-old Bassett girl​

New details have emerged alleging rape against a Texas man who has been charged after he and a 12-year-old girl from Bassett went away together in February.

Kaleb Christopher Merritt, 21, of Texas received direct indictments by a Henry County grand jury on charges rape and four counts of production of child pornography involving a victim less than 15 years old.

He also received certified indictments for rape of child less than 13 years old, solicitation of a child less than 15 years old to propose sexual act between Feb. 7-12 and abduction with intent to defile between Feb. 7-13.

They were among 129 indictments handed down on Monday. Grand jury reports verify there is enough evidence to pursue a conviction.
 

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Texas man sentenced in rape of Bassett girl​

A Texas man has been sentenced to 350 years in prison for sex crimes with a 12-year-old Bassett girl after pleading guilty as charged earlier this year.

Kaleb Christopher Merritt, 22, of Spring, Texas, will serve an active sentence of 33 years and be on probation for the remainder of his life when he becomes eligible for release.

Merritt was indicted by a Henry County grand jury on Sept. 20 on a charge of rape of a child less than 13 years of age; two charges of rape; two charges of producing child pornography with a victim under the age of 15, second or subsequent offense; two charges of producing child pornography with a victim under the age of 15; abduction with intent to defile and solicitation of a child less than 15 years of age for sex.


Merritt, who will be 54 years old when he is eligible for release, was also ordered to pay $7,460 in court costs.
 

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Texas man sentenced in rape of Bassett girl​

A Texas man has been sentenced to 350 years in prison for sex crimes with a 12-year-old Bassett girl after pleading guilty as charged earlier this year.

Kaleb Christopher Merritt, 22, of Spring, Texas, will serve an active sentence of 33 years and be on probation for the remainder of his life when he becomes eligible for release.

Merritt was indicted by a Henry County grand jury on Sept. 20 on a charge of rape of a child less than 13 years of age; two charges of rape; two charges of producing child pornography with a victim under the age of 15, second or subsequent offense; two charges of producing child pornography with a victim under the age of 15; abduction with intent to defile and solicitation of a child less than 15 years of age for sex.


Merritt, who will be 54 years old when he is eligible for release, was also ordered to pay $7,460 in court costs.
Now THERE is a sentence. Still boggles the mind that a 350 year sentence could have someone out in 33 years, doesn't seem right at all, but at least he got a serious sentence even though there is no murder in this case (thank goodness). What he did to this child was terrible and deserves a serious sentence, he should NOT be on the street, others would be in danger.
 

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