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Carbon County family recounts abducted girl's ordeal

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 14 2013 08:17:19 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 16 2013 05:18:13 AM CST

Abducted girl found safe in Bucks Co.

PALMERTON, Pa. -

Four-year-old Kyleigh Simcsuk was all smiles Sunday, much different from the frightening ordeal she went through Saturday night.

"Where were you yesterday?" "With my daddy," she said.

The little girl lives in Palmerton, Carbon Co.,  with her grandmother Lisa Fatzinger.

Lisa said around 6 p.m. Saturday, she was walking near Sixth Street and Delaware Avenue with Kyleigh and her little brother, when Kyleigh's dad, Timothy Simcsuk, showed up out of the blue.

Right away Lisa says she knew something wasn't right.

Police say Timothy grabbed Kyleigh, then ran through her apartment building. Lisa says his van was running in a nearby parking lot, and he pushed Kyleigh inside, then shoved her to the ground and kicked her.

According to Lisa, this isn't the first time Timothy has kidnapped his daughter, and she feared he was trying to leave the state.

Police were called and soon an Amber Alert was issued for Kyleigh. It took nearly four and a half hours before investigators tracked Timothy down at the Holiday Inn Express in Quakertown. Officers tell us they spotted his van in the parking lot.

The 25-year-old is locked up in Bucks County on parole violations, along with child endangerment and drug paraphernalia charges.

His next court date is Dec. 30, and he'll likely face more charges when he returns to Carbon County.

"Kyleigh's a great kid," shared Lisa. "I'm really, really happy that she's home."

Lisa is breathing a sigh of relief, and now knows firsthand the benefits of the Amber Alert system.

"This would have been a horrible holiday, let alone any other time of the year. It would have been bad for her to be gone," she added.

From the outside, you can't tell what impact this all has on the four-year-old. But while she's coloring pictures of snowmen and thinking about Santa visiting her, it's eating away at Lisa.

"People just need to realize the psychological impact that this has on the kids," she explained. "They're not pawns to be played with. They need stability. They need love and they need to be with their family."