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Judge orders accused kidnapper's mail be screened

Douglas Edwards (Source: WECT) Douglas Edwards (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Douglas Edwards, who is accused of abducting a 6-year-old girl from her home in Wilmington, appeared in court Tuesday after allegedly sending a letter to the victim in the case last week.

According to arrest warrants, Edwards wrote a letter to the girl on Nov 16. stating he was sorry and for "no more policia" and for "no testamonial." He was charged with felony intimidating a witness, and his bond was increased by $1 million to $12.3 million.

In Edwards' court appearance, the judge prohibited Edwards from communicating with the victim or her family, and ordered the jail screen his mail, minus correspondence with his attorney. He faces a maximum of 47 months in prison for the intimidation charge.

When asked if Edwards wanted the public defender assigned to his prior charges in the case to represent him on this new charge, Edwards replied, "yeah, I guess." 

District Attorney Ben David said his office would pursue the charge against Edwards to the fullest extent of the law.

“There were some other things contained [in the letter] that we aren’t making fully public at this time, but I will say when there’s any interpretation that could go one way or another we’re going to take the interpretation that they are tampering with the process, and we’re going to let other people tell us that we’re wrong in that interpretation,” David said. 

According to court documents, Edwards, a registered sex offender, was watching the girl play in the front yard of her home in the Royal Palms Community on Sept. 14 before snatching her onto his moped.

Witnesses reported watching the girl “screaming and kicking” Edwards moments after the kidnapping.

Searchers looked through the area throughout the night, until authorities were led to a wooded location off of River Road the next morning. The girl was found alive, but covered in mosquito bites and chained to a tree.

Edwards, who was brought in for questioning the night before and kept under surveillance overnight, was arrested that morning. He admitted to taking the girl, according to a court document.

On Nov. 14, a grand jury indicted Edwards on several charges including:

  • Attempted first-degree murder
  • First-degree kidnapping
  • Two counts of taking indecent liberties with children
  • Statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult
  • Statutory rape of a child by an adult
  • Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury

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