Man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated kidnapping of a child

AMITE, LA (WAFB) - A Ponchatoula man has been sentenced to 25 years after pleading no contest to aggravated kidnapping of a child in Tangipahoa Parish.

According to the police report, Thomas Bickford, 30, was caught dragging a young child toward the exit gates at the Florida Parishes Arena in Amite. Detective Allen Ordeneaux was working a security detail there and he heard the child cry out for help.

When the detective told Bickford to release the child, Bickford claimed that he was the victim's step-father. Bickford placed his arm across the child's throat and continued to pull him away.

With assistance from an arena employee, the officer was able to pull the child from Bickford. The defendant was then arrested and transported to the Amite Police Department, the report stated.

The victim and his family explained that they had never met Bickford prior to the kidnapping.

Bickford's time will be served consecutively to the 10 year sentence he is currently serving on drug related charges.

Assistant District Attorney Britain Sledge prosecuted the case and Judge Ernest G. Drake handed down the sentence, said Perrilloux.

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