Court docs say kidnapping victim may have been sexually abused

Court docs say kidnapping victim may have been sexually abused

SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents state the 2-year-old boy allegedly kidnapped by Richard Welch had marks consistent with sexual abuse on him, prompting a judge to raise Welch's bond to $150,000.

The court also ordered Welch to stay away from the victim.

Welch refused to leave jail for court Thursday, but on Friday, with a security guard behind him, he finally heard the charge of first degree kidnapping against him.

Thursday in a jailhouse interview Welch said he used to have a sex and pornography addiction but not anymore, even though he reportedly went to a strip club the night of the incident.

Court documents state Welch took the victim from his north Spokane home and went back to his Airway Heights apartment. Later he dropped the boy off at a nearby Zip Trip convenience store. Employees called 911, Welch was arrested and the boy checked at a local hospital and released.

"The clerk at this convenience store wisely thought that this individual shouldn't have a child of that age in their possession," Spokane Assistant Police Chief Rick Dobrow said.

While Welch claims the victim was wandering around the street when he picked him up, the victim's mother said she and her husband were sleeping in a bed on the first floor and the child was sleeping on a pullout bed next to them when they heard a knock on the door.

They shrugged it off because it was late, but she said she believes the toddler got out of bed, went to the door, opened it and that's when police believe Welch took the boy.

The judge also issued a sexual assault protection order though no sexual assault charges have been filed. Welch is not allowed to have contact with the victim or their family.