Council Bluffs man accused of kidnapping, taking nude photos of girl

Iowa News

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa have charged a man with kidnapping and abusing a 4-year-old girl.

Council Bluffs police say officers were investigating a report of a missing child when 28-year-old Michael Brandstrom brought the girl to officers, saying he had found her outside and brought her into his apartment to keep her safe.

But police say investigation by the officers uncovered that Brandstrom had kept the girl in his apartment for more than an hour without calling authorities. Police say a search of his cellphone revealed several nude photos of the girl.

Brandstrom has been charged with third-degree kidnapping and lascivious acts with a child. He is being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $30,000 bond. The name of his attorney did not appear in online court documents Thursday.

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