Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Dad captured in Ohio after Amber alert

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - A man wanted on rape charges was apprehended in Ohio after his young daughter was found dead and an Amber Alert was issued for her two sisters.

The alert was issued after police trying to arrest Keith Darnell Knuckles on rape and sodomy charges discovered the body of 5-year-old Keishel Knuckles inside a Louisville residence Monday.

Jack Arnold, a deputy coroner in Louisville, said Tuesday an autopsy failed to show the manner and cause of death of the girl. The body was found late Monday, and Arnold said she may have been dead for 24 hours. He said the case was being treated as a death investigation rather than a homicide, and officials were awaiting toxicology results.

The father was stopped near Dayton, Ohio, just before 5 a.m. Tuesday along with his 6- and 2-year-old daughters, Louisville police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Knuckles was being held in the Miami County Jail in Troy.

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