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Jury finds man guilty of kidnapping Wilmington girl, chaining her to tree

Posted September 20, 2017 4:53 p.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2017 5:14 p.m. EDT

Douglas Edwards, 46, is charged first-degree kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child.

— A jury on Wednesday convicted a Wilmington man of kidnapping a 6-year-old girl from outside her home a year ago, sexually assaulting her and leaving her chained to a tree in the woods.

Douglas Nelson Edwards, a registered sex offender, was found guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury, statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a minor, according to WECT.

The girl, now 7, testified Monday that Edwards took her into some woods, put a chain around her neck and sexually assaulted her. Edwards told jurors Tuesday that he couldn't recall the incident.

"The next thing I remember is being in a neighborhood I had never been in before and there was a girl on my moped," he testified. "It scared me that I had a kid on my moped and I didn't know where she came from."

He denied assaulting the girl, saying he only kissed her forehead to calm her and chained her to a tree for her safety and always planned to release the girl.

The girl is still haunted by nightmares and is afraid to play outside, her mother testified last week.

WECT provides daily, detailed coverage of the trial.