UPDATE: Kidnapping case that prompted AMBER Alert sent to grand jury
UPDATE: The kidnapping case surrounding a 2-year-old girl last month is on it's way to the grand jury.
Matias Martinez is charged with aggravated kidnapping, child neglect and resisting arrest after investigators said he took the toddler during a traffic stop.
During Wednesday's preliminary hearing, Channel 3 learned 12 grams of suspected meth were found inside the SUV on Boy Scout Road as well as a loaded revolver, which was found directly under the toddler's car seat.
General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom was not happy after hearing two hours of testimony from six witnesses surrounding the alleged kidnapping of Octavia Shaw.
"She was left without food and her dress on the inside looked like this and the outside looked like this," Statom said, "This is not grandfather of the year. This is somebody who was leaving and didn't want to be caught."
But the toddler's mother and grandmother disagree.
Ava Cole testified, calling the whole ordeal a misunderstanding. She said Martinez didn't know Cole was on her way to up her daughter.
"It was a miscommunication in terms of what my options were. Either, I was to let him find his way in a place I know he doesn't know very well. With my child. Or I ask for the police's help by pressing the kidnapping charges," Cole testified.
Hamilton County Deputy Andrew Standifer testified about the traffic stop, saying he asked Martinez to take Octavia out of the SUV while he was arresting the child's grandmother on an outstanding warrant.
"I originally asked him to sit in my air conditioned vehicle with the child to wait for the mother. He didn't want anything to do with that," Standifer testified.
Deputies allowed Martinez to sit in the shade under a tree across the street but then, they say, he disappeared with the toddler.
Martinez was taken into custody about a mile from a scene 14 hours later.
Investigators testified Octavia's condition looked like she spent the night outside, saying she had five ticks on her, several objects in her hair and her dress of soiled inside and out.
The judge chose to keep Martinez's bond at $171,500.
Octavia remains in state custody. Her mother is trying to get her back.
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ORIGINAL STORY: A judge sent the kidnapping case of Matias Martinez to a grand jury Wednesday morning.
Martinez was at the center of a state-wide AMBER Alert when he took 2-year-old Octavia Shaw on May 23rd. Martinez ran from officers following a traffic stop at the Dayton Pike/Boy Scout Road intersection Hixson and took the child with him.
Martinez was charged with felony child endangerment and especially aggravated kidnapping.
Judge Lila Statom set Martinez' bond at a total of $171,500 at the Wednesday hearing.
The grand jury will review all of the evidence and make their ruling.