According to the FBI, Stinnett and his fiancée were reportedly babysitting the girl and took her to a local park and McDonald’s on Nov. 11. The girl’s mother reportedly told Stinnett and his fiancée to have the girl home by 7 p.m. The mother phoned Stinnett at 7:07 p.m. because her daughter was not home yet, but he did not reply to calls or text messages. She reportedly tried again at 7:23 p.m. to no avail. The mother subsequently reported her daughter missing to the Jackson Township Police Department.
The FBI said in their statement that the McLean County Sheriff’s Office in Bloomington, Ill., got a call Nov. 12 about a "suspicious vehicle parked in the area." Deputies checked the license plate and saw it was connected to the missing 5-year-old. McLean County deputies reportedly approached the minivan and spoke with Stinnett, who had outstanding warrants. Deputies spotted the girl inside the car and said she "appeared frightened."
Stinnett reportedly told the FBI the girl was his "friend." He was taken into custody in McLean County and allegedly admitted he wanted to "escape" and "run away" with the little girl. According to the FBI, his intentions for kidnapping the girl were allegedly "for his own sexual gratification."
The girl was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.