Judge orders evaluation for man convicted of kidnapping 5-year-old Stark County girl

Jonathan Stinnett  (Source: Jackson Township Police)
Jonathan Stinnett (Source: Jackson Township Police)(McLean County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 12:55 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The man who kidnapped a five-year-old Jackson Township girl last November must undergo a competency evaluation, a federal judge ordered Wednesday afternoon.

Jonathan Stinnett pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James Gwin in March.

His sentencing was originally set for the afternoon of Dec. 15.

However, U.S. District Judge Benita Y. Pearson has ordered Stinnett to complete a competency evaluation before sentencing.

Jonathan Lee Stinnett
Jonathan Lee Stinnett(Source: McLean County Sheriff’s Office)

Stinnet was the boyfriend of the victim’s babysitter.

Jackson Township police said on Nov. 11, 2021, Stinnett told his girlfriend he was taking the little girl to McDonald’s.

The babysitter grew concerned when Stinnett failed to return and called the child’s mother, who called 911.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert and Stinnett and the little girl were found in Bloomington, Illinois around 6 p.m. on Nov. 12.

The child was safely returned to her family.

“Thanks to quick work of law enforcement and a vigilant community, an innocent child was reunited with their family and spared from an unknown fate,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler. “Nothing unites all of us in this region more than working to protect and ensure the safety of our children.”