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State Police have revealed more information about the arrest of Thomas Dewald for child abduction and attempted burglary.

The 20-year-old Dewald is accused of abducting a 4-year-old girl on April 25 in Washington Township.

Dewald is believed to have entered the 4-year-old's home through an unlocked door.

On April 25, troopers responded to a report of a missing girl at around 3:30 a.m.

According to documents, the girl's father woke up at 3 a.m. to use the bathroom when he saw the girl's bedroom door cracked open and the front door was "ajar."

He searched the house for the girl before calling police. There were two other children in the home during this time.

Police say a passerby then found the 4-year-old later that morning, standing along, about two and half miles away from where she was taken.

On April 29, a trooper spoke with the home owner of a residence located directly beside where the girl was found.

According to the affidavit, the homeowner said her grandson, Thomas Dewald, had been living with her for around 4 to 5 weeks.

The woman went on to say that on the day the 4-year-old went missing, she heard a baby crying in Dewald's bedroom that seemed to be coming from the wall with an air conditioning unit, but couldn't find the exact source, according to documents.

Police say upon entering the bedroom, troopers found a large wooden chest directly under the air conditioning unit.

After obtaining a search warrant, state police found long blonde hair inside the wooden chest and large strips of black tape.

The black tape had shoe print imprints, along with dirt, grass and long blonde hair stuck to it, according to police.

The affidavit says Dewald returned home and admitted to his involvement the child abduction.

During questioning, police say Dewald admitted to searching for children playing unsupervised in yards with no video surveillance nearby.

He told officers he saw children at two residences in particular that he felt lived in "deplorable conditions," according to the affidavit.

Documents go on to say that Dewald told police he entered the home of the 4-year-old girl through an unlocked front door and took her from the bedroom. He said he would have taken her male sibling but he was "too heavy."

Dewald said he brought the girl back to his residence where he laid in bed with her fully dressed, according to the affidavit.

He said during this interaction his penis became erect and "might" have touched her clothing. He also told authorities that he masturbated near the child, according to police.

Dewald told police he bound the 4-year-old girl with tape and placed her in the wooden chest, telling her he would return around noon, according to documents.

Police say when Dewald returned home, the girl was no longer in the wooden chest and he was unsure how she escaped from being bound.
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Granmaw

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Yeah, it makes sense that he was just trying to rescue these poor children from "deplorable" living conditions. And promptly bound her and locked her in a trunk. Cuz, you know...that's just so much better! Good luck getting anyone to buy your bullshit story, you pervy chomo!
 

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GoneWest

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And what’s up with grandma? Heard a baby crying in grandsons room but couldn’t narrow it down-how many places could there be to look?
Also wonder why he’s been living with her for the past 5 weeks. They need to check his history and where he came from. Was moving in with granny a geographical solution to an on going problem-hard to believe this is his first rodeo.
 

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NicNac22

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Good escape by that little girl— she’s a survivor!

No way! Grandma found the little girl n put her outside. Asshat said he “bound” her with black tape and put her inside a wooden chest. Idk if said chest was locked, latched or had anything on top holding it down but even still I don’t see a traumatized 4 yr old getting herself free from being taped up while inside the chest getting out of the chest n then finding her way out of the Asshats room/house etc ALL while not running into Grandma trying to find her way out of a strangers house AND crying! ... I could be wrong but sounds to me Grandma found where the crying was coming from n freaked the fuck out. In a panic just took the tape off the little one n told her to go home as she pushed her out the door. The poor thing probably had no idea where she was or how to get home so she just sat on the side of the road. Nonetheless just end the Dick-Fucks life now.
 

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Fellofftheporch

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There is quite obviously something seriously wrong with this dude. Besides the apparent... is he autistic or there isn't that plastic thing holding his 6-pack together. He needs psychiatric help when in prison.
 

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cubby

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If Grandma set her loose, and I really think she did, she obviously didn't care whether the FOUR YEAR OLD got hit by a car or even abducted again as she stood beside the road. So I'm not giving grandma any passes, as she obviously didn't care what happened to the child as long as grandma, herself, wasn't involved in it.

4yos can be little Houdinis but I don't believe this baby could defeat the tape, the chest, and get out of the house all without being seen or heard by someone in the house. Because she was terrified and would have been looking and calling for the first familiar face.
 

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Old Man Metal

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If Grandma set her loose, and I really think she did, she obviously didn't care whether the FOUR YEAR OLD got hit by a car or even abducted again as she stood beside the road. So I'm not giving grandma any passes, as she obviously didn't care what happened to the child as long as grandma, herself, wasn't involved in it.

4yos can be little Houdinis but I don't believe this baby could defeat the tape, the chest, and get out of the house all without being seen or heard by someone in the house. Because she was terrified and would have been looking and calling for the first familiar face.
Yeah, I didn't even think about it until @NicNac22 mentioned it, but there's no fucking way Grandma isn't involved if the kid's not lying about how he left the girl. And I doubt she's smart enough not to leave lots of trace evidence. Hope the cops are worth a damn.
 

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16seconds

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And what’s up with grandma? Heard a baby crying in grandsons room but couldn’t narrow it down-how many places could there be to look?
Also wonder why he’s been living with her for the past 5 weeks. They need to check his history and where he came from. Was moving in with granny a geographical solution to an on going problem-hard to believe this is his first rodeo.
50 bucks says he was removed for touching his siblings or something st his folks house
 

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GoneWest

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50 bucks says he was removed for touching his siblings or something st his folks house
There use to be someone on this forum who was a whiz at finding out all kinds of obscure backgrounds. I can’t remember who it was, but could use their skills on this.
 

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@GoneWest You're probably thinking of me. I've done the research, here's what I've found.

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  • Police spoke with the homeowner, who said her grandson, identified as Dewald, had been living there for the past four to five weeks.
  • Police said Dewald admitted to kidnapping Gemma when they talked with him.
  • He also said he was responsible for an attempted burglary that had been reported at about 3:45 a.m., Sunday, in the 14000 block of Lower Edgemont Road.
  • He claimed to have been in Gemma's residence for an hour after entering through an unlocked front door before he took the girl from her bedroom. He said he would have taken Gemma's brother from the residence, too, but he would have been too heavy.
  • Dewald had previously been found to have indecently assaulted a child, according to court records obtained by the York Daily Record/Sunday News.
  • In a petition of delinquency filed in Franklin County, Thomas Dewald, then 16, was alleged to have committed aggravated indecent assault of a child and indecent assault of a person less than 13. The case was filed on Jan. 28, 2015.
  • …[C]ourt documents do indicate that the first charge was withdrawn and that Dewald was adjudicated delinquent of the other charge. Eventually, the case was listed as, "Termination of Supervision - Conditions Satisfied."
  • High school classmates of a Waynesboro man accused of abducting a 4-year-old girl and hiding her in a wooden chest said he wrote a "hit list" of fellow students while he was a senior at Millville High School in Columbia County.
  • Life hasn't been the same for [grandmother] Joan McFadden since she returned home from breakfast April 29.
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  • It's been five years since he last spoke to his son — five years since he's even seen a photograph of him, Mark Dewald said.
  • Mark Dewald said Thomas was just a kid when he and his mother got divorced. "It was only six years ago, but it seems a lot longer."
  • Thomas was their oldest son, but not their only child, Mark Dewald said. He said Thomas had siblings, but he didn't wish to share any further details about the rest of his family.
  • Mark Dewald wasn't able to comment on what his son has been doing in the last few years. In fact, he said, he didn't even know Thomas was back in the area until his ex-wife [Cheryl McFadden?] called him on the telephone, telling him their son had been arrested.
  • The last time he spoke to his son, he was a freshman in high school, Mark Dewald said. The principal at Millville High School, a school about 140 miles away in Columbia County, said Thomas graduated in 2017.
  • But as for his relationship with his son, that's something that will never be mended, he said. "I don’t really have a reason to talk to him anymore or ever again, as far as I'm concerned."
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  • A Waynesboro man accused of abducting a 4-year-old girl and locking her in a wooden chest had previously been found to have indecently assaulted a child, according to court records obtained by the York Daily Record/Sunday News.
  • Dewald, now 20, …[is] charged with kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment of a minor and related offenses.
  • Dewald is being held without bail in Franklin County Jail. He’s set to have a preliminary hearing on May 14.
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  • Former classmate Grace Boone said she understood that Dewald was part of one of the special education classes at the school.
  • When asked about the "hit list," Millville High School Principal Eric Stair said the district does not comment on students’ educational records. Millville Area School District Supt. Cynthia Jenkins was unavailable for comment.
  • Cheryl McFadden, Dewald’s mother, said she was not able to comment about the “hit list.”
  • Dewald was arraigned on the abduction-related charges against him on the morning of Tuesday, April 30. He was sent to Franklin County Prison after he was denied bail. Online court records indicate the judge denied bail to "ensure the safety of the community."
  • His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 14 in Franklin County Central Court.
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  • A rescue dog, who was once called “unadoptable,” saved his adoptive family from an intruder who was wanted for kidnapping their 4-year-old neighbor a few days before the break-in.
  • [The dog's owner Thom} Lambert immediately suspected that it was Thomas Dewald, a 20-year-old suspect who allegedly abducted 4-year-old Gemma Moats from the same neighborhood on April 25. While the girl escaped, Dewald had not been arrested.
  • The suspect [Thomas Dewald] told the police that he “saved” Moats from “deplorable conditions,” while he decided not to abduct the Lambert children as their living condition was “acceptable.”
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