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Last Updated: Friday, 18 March, 2005, 07:11 GMT
'Kidnap plot' over Letterman baby
David Letterman
Letterman has been a late-night fixture for 20 years
A painter working at the home of US TV talk show host David Letterman has been charged with plotting to kidnap his infant son and nanny.

Kelly Frank, 43, was arrested after a man he allegedly asked to help him informed police in Montana.

In an affidavit submitted to a Montana court, the man said Mr Frank told him that he had a key to the house.

In a statement, Mr Letterman and his girlfriend, Regina Lasko, said they would be "forever grateful" to police.

In addition to the kidnap plot, Mr Frank was charged with theft in relation to alleged overcharging for work on Mr Letterman's ranch.

An official in the Montana state Corrections Department said Mr Frank had intended to kidnap Mr Letterman's son and hold him for ransom.

According to the affidavit, he also intended to kidnap the nanny "so she could take care of the child".

"We will be forever grateful for their tireless efforts and determination to vigorously pursue this situation," the Lettermans said.

Mr Frank is being held on bail of $600,000 (312,000).

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