Morgantown kidnapping suspect due in court Monday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend’s son in Monongalia County is scheduled to appear in Monongalia County Magistrate Court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Michael Wills

Michael Wills, 28, of Morgantown has a preliminary hearing set for 11:30 a.m. He has been charged with kidnapping and burglary in connection with the Nov. 16 incident.

A report from the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department said the mother woke up to find her front door open and her 4-year-old son was missing from their home on Southeast Court. The mother told police she had stopped communicating with Wills months ago due to domestic violence and he took the child to get her to resume communications.

Deputies report they have text messages from Wills telling the woman he had the child along with pictures of the 4-year-old in his residence. Wills told his former girlfriend he had been drinking and was willing to go to jail.

Deputies recovered the child and arrested Wills a short time later at his home in the 800 block of Quadrilla Street in Morgantown.

Wills has been held at the North Central Regional Jail without bond since the incident.

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