Fashion Square Mall Abduction Suspect Released on Bond
The Fluvanna County man accused of trying to abduct a small child from Charlottesville's Fashion Square Mall is out of jail Wednesday night. We're also learning new details about a health condition that will be used as a defense for 47-year-old James Kevin Key.
Key's defense attorney told NBC29 Wednesday that Key suffers from complex partial seizures first diagnosed in 1979 and that Key was having an episode when he tried to abduct a 2-year-old girl from the mall.
Key got a $25,000 secure bond Wednesday afternoon from a judge in Albemarle County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
In court, we learned Key had been working long hours in recent months with two different jobs. The defense says the work coupled with a decrease in his anti-seizure medication led to a flare up at the time of the incident.
A complex partial seizure can cause a person to not remember what he or she is doing for a period of time.
Key has no criminal past. He will have to be with a family member at all times while on bond and needs to have another health evaluation. Key was also ordered to stay away from the Lake Monticello area.
Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford said Key did not tell mall security guards he didn't remember the incident or that he has a history of seizures. She said Key told them, "I was just moving her out of the way."
Key will have a preliminary hearing on January 7.
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