Man Accused of Kidnapping Daughter Makes First Court Appearance

By Dave Franzman, Reporter

Sean Shannon is escorted from the Benton County Law Enforcement Center to the Benton County Courthouse to make his initial court appearance Monday, July 15, 2013, in Vinton, Iowa. Shannon is charged with third-degree kidnapping. (Jim Slosiarek/KCRG-TV9)

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By Aaron Hepker

VINTON, Iowa - The man accused of kidnapping his 11-year-old daughter Thursday night and prompting an Amber Alert Friday night made his first appearance in Benton County District Court Monday afternoon.

Sean Shannon, 37, was taken into custody Sunday morning in Cedar Rapids. That's also where authorities found his 11-year-old daughter, only an hour or so after the Amber Alert was issued Friday night.

The criminal complaint accused Shannon of taking his daughter without the mother's permission. He's also accused of assaulting a 15-year-old, the girl's half brother, during an altercation.

In court Monday, a magistrate told Shannon a $10,000 cash bond would be set on the third-degree kidnapping charge. The magistrate told Shannon that was a forcible felony with a possible jail term of up to ten years. At that point, Shannon became irate and began swearing in the courtroom, he told the judge that the charge was "B.S." and yelled a number of other profane comments.

At that point, Benton County deputies escorted him out of the courtroom and back to jail.

Before the hearing, while Shannon was seated in the courtroom, he uttered a number of comments about the charges calling it "basically bogus". His comments in court included saying that his girlfriend was the one who was driving in Cedar Rapids with his daughter and the girl's mother knew about the trip. At one point Shannon used the phrase "this is all crap".

Following the hearing, Chereese Moore, who identified herself as Shannon's girlfriend, arrived at the jail. Moore said the girl's mother was fully aware of what was happening.

"We had picked her up with her mother's permission to go camping with us. She was with me when we were informed of the Amber Alert," Moore said.

Moore said she was the one driving a vehicle, with the 11-year-old inside, when Cedar Rapids Police stopped the vehicle.

A preliminary hearing date was set for July 25.
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