Man wanted for kidnapping 1-year-old child, mother taken into custody

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. — The young man wanted by police for kidnapping his 1-year-old child and the child’s mother has been taken into custody.

Dennis Tyler Ruland was reportedly taken into custody in Georgia. He will be returned to Tennessee to face kidnapping charges.

According to WTVF, Ruland followed the pair to a Springfield Sonic Sunday evening and grabbed the child from the vehicle. When the mother tried to stop him, Ruland pulled out a gun and shot at her.

The mother continued to fight, resulting in the 19-year-old hitting her over the head with the gun and throwing her and the child in the backseat of his car. She told authorities she eventually jumped from the moving car with the child in her arms.

Both were rushed to the hospital with severe injuries, but they are expected to be okay.

Sources report this is not the first time Ruland has been in trouble with the law. He was already wanted by police for charges relating to aggravated domestic assault, vandalism, theft, domestic assault and criminal trespassing.

Now authorities have added two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated domestic violence and two counts of reckless endangerment to the list.