Baley James Turner, 19, of rural Deerwood has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony depriving a parent of custodial rights -- causing child to be a runaway.
According to court records, on March 26, 2018, Becker County deputies responded to a report of a 12-year-old girl missing from her Menahga home. Her mother said the girl went to bed at 9 p.m. the night before and was gone when she went into her bedroom at 6:30 a.m. to wake her up.
Officers traced the girl’s cellphone "pings" to a tower near Crosby, Minnesota. The girl contacted her parents that same day (March 26) and said she was fine and in good hands.
She had been picked up at her home by Turner, after the two met on Facebook several weeks earlier. She said he was aware that she was just 12, even though he was 18.
The first time they met in person was 5 a.m. March 26, when Turner came to her house and picked her up. They drove to Grand Rapids, where the roads were icy and he rolled his vehicle. The two then went to his residence in Crosby. The girl said she and Turner kissed, but nothing else happened.
On Aug. 9, Turner appeared before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 15 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $215 in court fees.