Bethany man charged with kidnapping, assault and abuse of a child

Jeremiah Searles Final

A Bethany man has been charged in Harrison County with three felonies after an alleged incident on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Thirty-nine-year- old Jeremiah Searles has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury, terrorizing, first-degree domestic assault, and abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact.

Arraignment was held on Tuesday, and he was referred to a public defender for representation. The court denied a request for bond change, and a bond appearance hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March, 25 at 1:30 pm. No bond is listed for the charges.

A probable cause statement accuses Searles of shoving a woman multiple times, grabbing her by the throat, threatening to kill her, and slapping her. Searles reportedly picked up the woman’s nine-year-old son, threw him down, held him on the floor, and would not let up the boy after the child attempted to get Searles to stop hitting the woman. Searles also allegedly refused to give the woman her car keys or phone for about three hours and blocked the door, so she could not leave.

The probable cause statement notes the woman had visible bruising on her neck, arms, and bridge of her nose, and her nose had been bleeding. The boy was described as having a visible scratch on his forehead and an abrasion on his left side.