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Man says he did not kidnap his granddaughter

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) -

(12/02/13) - The man charged with kidnapping his own granddaughter in Saginaw County says he didn't abduct the little girl, and he believes she is in danger.

Police say this all started Nov. 20, when a grandfather, his wife and two other people took the 6-year-old girl from a Saginaw Township apartment.
       
The Detroit area man says this was their last option in a nasty custody dispute.

Forty-eight-year-old Shane Schultz, along with his wife and two of their friends, were all released from the Saginaw County Jail on Monday.

Schultz now says he will continue the fight to get custody of his granddaughter.

"We are the only ones she has," Schultz said about his granddaughter.

He has been in jail since he, his wife Lynette, and their two friends were arrested after an SUV was stopped on I-75 near Bridgeport. They were pulled over not long after police say the four took the Schultz's granddaughter from the Saginaw Township apartment of a 20-year-old woman. 

That woman's boyfriend is the father of the 6 year old. He is in the Wayne County Jail for a probation violation.

Schultz says his daughter, the little girl's mother, died in November 2012 from epilepsy complications. He says the girl's father recently moved from the Detroit area to Saginaw Township in an attempt to keep the girl from the grandparents. Schultz disputes claims that he and the others forced their way into the apartment.

"We knocked on the door, the lady said, 'Who is it?' We said 'relatives,' or my wife said something to that effect, I was on the lower level, she opened the door, we talked to her the girl, she said 'take your granddaughter, take her, take her, I can't take her, I can't take care of her anywhere,'" Schultz said.

Schultz believes the 27-year-old father wants the child so he can receive state financial assistance, and leaving the girl with the father's girlfriend has put the child in danger.

"We tried every avenue possible, every avenue possible, DHS, to get our granddaughter to safety, and they ignored us," he said.

All four people, including Shane Schultz, were released on a personal recognizance bond.  

Before this incident, Schultz filed a lawsuit in Wayne County in attempt to get custody of his granddaughter.

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