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Federal documents show alleged kidnappers threatened to kill child, mother

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Posted at 12:24 AM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-16 00:24:14-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- A federal complaint filed this week reveals new information about the June kidnapping of a child in Colonial Heights.

The documents show the 7-year-old begged the men involved not to kill her or her mother.

A month ago, her mother told police a former boyfriend, Travis Bennett and two other men, Travis Harvey, and Troy Patterson forced their way into her Colonial Heights apartment.

Travis Bennett

Travis Bennett

The men attempted to force the woman and her child to leave with them, but the mother was able to get away and contact police.

The papers detail the struggle between the woman and Bennett.

They say he grabbed her by the neck, choked her, dragged her, and threatened to kill her and have her sexually assaulted. Bennett said he was going to "do them both, and instructed the men to find a knife in the kitchen,” according to the federal documents.

The child was later found safe in Weldon, North Carolina, after an Amber Alert.

The three men are from North Carolina and have been charged with federal interstate kidnapping of a minor.