Man faces child stealing charge

Douglas Ainley

A Marshalltown man is suspected of child-stealing, according to a report issued Friday by the Marshalltown Police Department.

On Thursday at approximately 6:30 p.m., Marshalltown Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Melody Lane for report of a white male attempting to lead a 5-year old child away from a front yard. The child was not taken from the immediate area and not injured. Witnesses were able to provide officers with an account of the incident and suspect’s description.

A short time later, officers were able to locate the suspect walking in the area and pursuant to their investigation placed the suspect under arrest. Douglas Barger Ainley, 54 was charged with Child Stealing – a Class “C” Felony, and Public Intoxication (3rd or Subsequent Offense) – Aggravated Misdemeanor and taken to the Marshall County Jail. Ainley made his initial court appearance on Friday in Marshall County District Court. His preliminary hearing is 1 p.m. on Sept. 22. Bond is $10,000 cash. This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding it is asked to call the MPD at (641) 754-5725 or Marshall County Crime Stoppers at (641) 753-1234.