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Deputies recover child taken from Montana; father in custody

A 6-year-old girl who was taken by her father from Montana was found near Jacksonville on Friday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 2:10 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — A 6-year-old girl who was taken from the state of Montana last week is now safe after deputies found her in the Applegate Valley on Friday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

On July 29, the Montana Department of Justice issued a "Missing Endangered Person Advisory" for 6-year-old Ashlynn Eve Basham on behalf of police in Troy, Montana. According to the advisory, Ashlynn had been taken by her father, 32-year-old Benjamin Jay Basham — described as having “violent tendencies" and a history of drug use.

Basham took Ashlynn after a fight with the girl's mother, the Montana DOJ's advisory said.

Jackson County dispatch received a call on Friday afternoon, reporting that Ashlynn and her father could be found in the 900-block of Humbug Creek Road, west of Jacksonville.

Deputies responded to the area and set up surveillance, planning to contact Basham and the missing girl. JCSO said that it confirmed with the Troy Police Department that Lincoln County Montana had issued an extraditable warrant for Basham on charges of aggravated assault and parenting interference. Ashlynn was also listed nationally as "missing and endangered."

A few hours later, a vehicle believed to be Basham's was seen leaving the Humbug Creek property, heading toward Highway 238. JCSO said that Ashlynn was seen riding in the back of the vehicle.

Pulling the vehicle over for a felony traffic stop, deputies found that the driver was not Basham, but a relative. Ashlynn was found in the back of the vehicle, and deputies were able to safely recover her. The driver was not arrested, JCSO said.

Deputies and SWAT members went back to the Humbug Creek Road property, finding Basham and taking him into custody "without further incident." He was booked into the Jackson County Jail for the Montana warrant, with bail set at $100,000.

JCSO said that Ashlynn was delivered into the care of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and that agency is now working with Montana Child Protective Services on the case.

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