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Donald D. Simonds Jr. (mug shot JCSO)

Five people have been charged with allegedly kidnapping a Joplin man late Thursday night and restraining him for over five hours in a home in rural Carthage.

Prosecutors have charged Donald D. Simonds Jr., 36, Carthage; Darrell W. Thomason, 41, Jasper; Brandy L. Swinford, 22, Lamar and Christopher B. Haskins, 25, of Carthage with kidnapping.
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Darrell W. Thomason (mug shot JCSO)

Jasper County Sheriff's Captain Derek Walrod says investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened after Ricky Prigg, 54, got into a vehicle with Simonds, Thomason, Swinford and Haskins. Walrod says somewhere along the drive to 10607 Cedar Road Ricky Prigg, 54, was tied up.

Walrod says Prigg somehow was able to free himself after being held for five and a half hours and ran through woods to an RV lot and had a someone call 9-1-1. "We're still looking for a motive in the case. At this point Mr. Prigg says the incident was not related to drug activity."
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Christopher B. Haskins (mug shot JCSO)

Walrod said Prigg sustained some cuts and scrapes as he ran through the woods when he bolted from the house.

While officers were waiting on a search warrant for the residence, a car full of suspects attempted to leave and were arrested. Walrod says, "When they were stopped, they were trying to burn a controlled substance with a three year-old child in the vehicle."

Simonds and Thomason have been charged with kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, tampering with evidence and endangering the welfare of a child. They are each being held in the Jasper County jail on $65,000 bond. Haskins has been charged with kidnapping and is being held on $50,000 bond.
Jamie D. Delmont, 28 of Carthage was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
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Brandy L. Swinford (mug shot JCSO)

Swinford, the little girl's mother, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, tampering and endangering the welfare of a child. She is being held on $15,000 bond.

The little girl has been placed in protective custody with the Division of Family Services.

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