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Lakewood kidnapping suspect says he was high on meth

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 12:06 PM EDT
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LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WOIO) - A 45-year-old Lakewood man accused of trying to kidnap a child during a soccer practice at Madison Park Wednesday evening appeared in Lakewood Municipal Court Friday.

Jeremy McCusker, who is charged with kidnapping, waived his preliminary hearing and his case was bound over to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

McCusker admitted in court he was high in court at the time of the crime.

Lakewood police were called to the park around 6 p.m. Wednesday after witnesses saw a man pick up the child and try to run away.

Several adults intervened and restrained the man until officers arrived.

The child, whose name is not being released, was not hurt.

19 News also uncovered that McCusker was on probation during the time of the incident because of a domestic violence charge.

McCusker’s brother, Thomas told 19 News after the hearing that mental health played a big part in what happened, especially since he was not on his medicine at the time.

“He’s bipolar and schizophrenic, he had started relapsing in August,” explained Thomas “we got in contact with the probation officer and we were in contact with Matt Talbot which is like the rehab place. He was supposed to turn himself in the day before all this happened”.

Thomas McCusker went on to say he doesn’t condone what his brother did at all but he’s hoping now he can get the help that he needs. The help they asked for weeks ago.

“I just know his heart, like one bad day doesn’t define your whole life, and I know he’s struggling right now with his own guilt of what it has happened,” said Thomas.

Jeremy McCusker is currently being held on a $250,000 bond.

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