Wyoming officers arrest man accused of abducting a 4-year-old in 2002

A fence surrounds the Cook County jail complex on April 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (WWMT/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

After over 18 years of questions, a family may have found closure after a man was taken into custody Thursday, Wyoming Police Cpt. James Maguffee said.

On Nov. 19, 2020, Maguffee said officers with the Wyoming Police Department arrested a man accused of kidnapping and seriously injuring a 4-year-old back in 2002.

He said the child was abducted from the Amsterdam Gardens Apartment in the 3000 block of Easter Avenue. Officers found the child seriously assaulted and alone in Algoma Township.

Recently, Maguffee said investigators received a "long awaited call" from the Michigan State Police Grand Rapids DNA Unit, saying the suspect's DNA collected during the initial investigation matched a man recently arrested outside Kent County in an unrelated incident.

The case was reopened.

Maguffee said Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker authorized arrest warrants charging kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, crimes that potentially carry life sentences.

Investigators found the suspect near the 600 block of Ionia SW in Grand Rapids. He was taken to Kent County Jail and was awaiting arraignment.

Maguffee said the case has haunted the victim's family and friends, and law enforcement for over 18 years.

"We hope with last night’s arrest, the victim and the victim’s family will begin to find healing and closure and that our community knows we never stop fighting for justice," he said in a written statement.