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Tulsa Police Find Abducted Child

April 16, 2001

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A 3-year-old boy whose kidnappers said they would kill him if a 13-year-old relative did not recant her testimony in a court case was found unharmed Monday morning, a radio station reported.

The boy, Deandre Nathaniel Thomas, walked up to a house in a north Tulsa neighborhood and knocked on the door around 2:15 a.m., a Tulsa police dispatcher said.

The suspects in the kidnapping remained at large Monday morning, according to radio station KBOO in Tulsa.

Police said the boy was abducted at gunpoint about 1:30 a.m. Sunday from a Tulsa apartment.

The abductors said they wanted the 13-year-old girl to recant her testimony against Lamarr ``Red″ Dennis, who was to be sentenced Monday on three counts of sexually abusing a minor. Police did not say how the girl and boy were related.

The abductors said Dennis owed them $30,000 and wouldn’t be able to repay it if he was sent to prison, police said.

``It’s not personal,″ police quoted the male abductor as saying. ``It’s just about the money.″

Dennis told detectives he didn’t know anything about owing $30,000, Tulsa police Sgt. Wayne Allen said.

The abductors had said they would not release the boy until they received payment, police said.

The FBI joined Tulsa police in searching for the boy, who takes medication for allergies and other respiratory problems.

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