UPDATE: The man at the center of a recent AMBER Alert and previously charged with kidnapping a young girl now faces a new charge of felony child endangerment. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Matias Martinez kidnapped 2-year-old Octavia Shaw on May 23rd.

The TBI says Martinez ran from officers following a traffic stop at the Dayton Pike/Boy Scout Road intersection Hixson and took the child with him.

Martinez is due in court on June 12 for the kidnapping charge. 

He returns to court on June 28 for his child endangerment charge and remains in the Hamilton County Jail. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A man accused of kidnapping a little girl last week is expected to appear in court Wednesday. 

Matias Martinez, 37, is facing charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and resisting arrest or obstruction of legal process.

According to court documents, Martinez took off with 2-year-old Octavia Shaw during a traffic stop on Boy Scout Rd. in Hixson last Thursday. 

Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies pulled Martinez over for an equipment violation to learn the passenger, Octavia's grandmother, Patricia Turner, had a warrant out of Collegdale. 

Martinez had reportedly asked to stand in the shade with Octavia, which officers agreed to. 

While deputies were questioning Turner, a glass smoking pipe, revolver and a bag of meth were recovered from the car.

During the questioning, deputies noticed Martinez had left the scene with the toddler. 

It prompted a state-wide Amber Alert as multiple agencies searched for the child and Martinez. 

The next morning, several concerned drivers called 911 after they spotted Martinez and Octavia on Boy Scout Rd. 

Martinez was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on $150,000 bond.

Octavia Shaw was sent to a local hospital for evaluation, but authorities said she appeared to be okay. Since the incident, a family member told us the toddler is now in state custody.

Martinez and Octavia's grandmother, Patricia Turner, are still in jail. 

According to officials at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Martinez is not related to Octavia nor does he have any custodial rights to her.

Martinez is expected to appear in the Hamilton County General Session Court Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. 


PREVIOUS STORY:  A two-year-old girl at the center of a massive Amber Alert was found in Hixson Friday morning.

According to Hamilton County Chief Deputy of Law Enforcement Mark King, a concerned citizen called 911 after spotting Octavia Shaw and Matias Martinez at the intersection of Boy Scout Road and Moses Road early Friday morning.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and took Martinez into custody and found the young girl. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for a health assessment.

Martinez is in custody and will be booked on a charge of especially aggravated kidnapping.

When captured, Martinez was found to be in possession of a bicycle. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea says that anyone missing a bicycle in the area of Boy Scout Road is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office and file a report.

King tells Channel 3 said she has been transported to a local hospital to be evaluated.

As for Martinez, King said he’s currently being interviewed at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.


PREVIOUS STORY: The TBI says authorities are looking for 23-month-old Octavia Shaw who is believed to be with 37-year-old Matias Martinez.

The TBI says Martinez ran from officers following a traffic stop at the Dayton Pike/Boy Scout Road intersection and took the child with him.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Martinez has a valid Massachusetts’s driver’s license. He has brown eyes, is approximately 5’ 10” tall and weighs about 185 pounds.

Octavia was last seen wearing a light blue dress with black sweat pants. She weighs about 30 pounds and is 2 feet tall. She has a bi-racial complexion.

Channel 3 has learned the TBI has brought in crews to help with the search. The TBI has crews searching on foot and by plane.

The TBI says Martinez ran from officers following a traffic stop at the Dayton Pike/Boy Scout Road intersection and took the child with him.

If you have any information, please call 911 immediately. You can also call Hamilton County Sheriff's Detective Patrick Miller at 423-622-0022 or TBI Special Agent Keith Herron at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

 

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