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Mother Of Attempted Kidnapping Suspect: ‘Turn Yourself In'

Posted at 11:25 AM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 21:14:22-04

A 19-year-old who allegedly tried to kidnap his one-year-old child turned himself in after his mother mother pleaded for him to come home. 

Edie Ruland, mother of Dennis Tyler Ruland, spoke with NewsChannel 5 reporter Nick Beres and begged him to surrender. He finally did so on Monday in Peach County, Georgia.

“I need you to turn yourself in. No more running, this is not you,” Ruland said. “Show people the good person you are.”

Ruland was on the run since Sunday after a domestic incident at a Sonic on Tom Austin Highway. Detectives said he attempted to take his biological daughter from his ex-girlfriend.

Ruland allegedly took the child from the vehicle after stalking them to Sonic, and he was then confronted by the child’s mother.

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She tried to get the child back, at which point Ruland allegedly fired at least one shot at her. 

Police said Ruland got the child into his vehicle, but the mother continued to fight. After driving away with the two in his vehicle, she was able to grab her daughter and jump out of the vehicle when he slowed down near the intersection of New Cut Road and Betts Road. 

Both the child and her mother were taken to the hospital with severe but non-life threatening injuries.

He was spotted leaving the scene in a black 2013 Ford Escape with a Daytona Beach sticker in the rear window, as well as an Apple symbol.

Ruland was described as a white male, standing around 5'7'' tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds. He has black hair and blue eyes.