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New Orleans man arrested in Jefferson Parish for kidnapping

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New Orleans -- A New Orleans man was arrested Sunday morning in Jefferson Parish for kidnapping.  

According to police, officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Pomona St. in Metairie regarding a child being abducted. The father of the child met with investigators telling them that he left his one-year-old daughter in the care of his step-father, while he went out with some friends. Once he returned to pick up his child, around 5:00 a.m., he noticed that the front door was opened and that his child was missing. The step-father told investigators that the child was fine when he checked on her around 3:00 a.m. 

The father found a hat in his daughter's crib, that belonged to his friend, Derek Harbiston. The father said that Harbiston picked him up to go out with friends earlier that evening. The father said that Harbiston became separated from the group around 11:00 p.m. after Harbiston became intoxicated. 
 
The father received a phone call from Harbiston, who explained that he had a child with him at his home on Jena St. in New Orleans. Jefferson Parish and NOPD officers went to Harbiston's house where the child and Harbiston were located. The child appeared in good condition. She was brought to a local hospital where she was observed and released in good condition.

Detectives questioned Harbiston who said that once he became separated from the group, he went to the father's home to locate him. While he was outside the house, he heard a baby crying. He entered the house to and removed the child from the crib.

Harbiston was booked in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on one count of simple kidnapping.  

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