Ilion native pleads not-guilty to kidnapping daughter

By Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A non-custodial father accused of abducting his daughter nearly five years ago has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of international parental kidnapping.

Jeffrey Shipman, an Ilion native, entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Syracuse. He was ordered held until a detention hearing scheduled for Monday.

Deonna Shipman, now 8, was found a month ago by the FBI in Bangkok, Thailand. She'd been missing from the town of Salina since July 2007, when Shipman took her and fled the country.

The child and her mother have since been reunited.

Authorities believe the 51-year-old Shipman acted after losing custody of Deonna. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of three years, a fine of up to $250,000, and one year of supervised release.

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