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College student charged with kidnapping

College student charged with kidnapping

A Northampton County woman is facing charges after police say she kidnapped a little boy and assaulted two officers.

The bizarre incident happened last week in Northumberland County.

69 News went to Katie Partridge's Lehigh Township home Thursday, but family and neighbors had nothing to say.

The 22-year-old has been in the hospital for treatment since March 18.

She was arrested that night after investigators say she kidnapped a child and assaulted two police officers.

The strange incident happened just after 7 p.m. in Northumberland Borough, about a half an hour away from Bloomsburg University where Partridge goes to school.

According to court documents, the parents of the five-year-old boy told police Partridge was "acting strange."

They say the child was playing in front of their house when Partridge "grabbed him off his bike and ran down the sidewalk."

The paperwork says the five-year-old's mother was able to grab him, and Partridge "hid around the corner of a building."

When police arrived on scene they say Partridge wouldn't answer their questions, then she got aggressive.

According to arrest documents, Partridge attacked the officers and was "kicking, screaming, biting and scratching."

She injured two officers before they were able to handcuff her.

Partridge was taken to the hospital where investigators say she continued to resist by spitting in a nurses face multiple times and causing a needle that was already used on her to pierce another nurse.

Partridge is facing eight charges including kidnapping, assault and reckless endangerment.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 8.

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