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Charges indicate Joliet kidnapping victims were disabled

Deray Melton, 27, Joliet
Deray Melton, 27, Joliet

The charges against a Joliet man accused of kidnapping children indicate the victims were intellectually disabled and he used deceit or enticement when he allegedly took them.

Joliet police have said the mother of the children said she did not know Deray J. Melton, 27, of the 300 block of North Broadway and that an investigation apparently determined Melton took the children against their will and without their consent.

Melton is being held on a $750,000.

Joliet Deputy Police Chief Darrell Gavin did not respond to questions about the case Wednesday.

Melton is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 7. A Will County judge ordered Melton to have no contact with the mother, the three children or their address on Broadway.

Melton faces charges of aggravated kidnapping of intellectually disabled children younger than the age of 13, three counts of kidnapping through deceit or enticement, unlawful restraint and criminal trespassing.

Police were contacted about children missing from the 300 block of North Broadway. The mother of the children reportedly left them at her apartment when she went to pick up her other child from the school bus.

When she returned, she noticed they were gone.

Officers later found Melton walking with three children, police said, and he made inconsistent statements about the children.

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