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US kidnap father 'is not guilty'

Clark Rockefeller arrives handcuffed in Boston

A lawyer for a man accused of abducting his London-based daughter during a custody visit has denied he kidnapped her or was linked to a killing.

Clark Rockefeller is accused of taking his seven-year-old, Reigh Storrow Boss, in Boston during a supervised visit.

The 48-year-old's lawyer Stephen Hrones dismissed newspaper reports his client's fingerprints may be linked to a homicide investigation in California.

Mr Rockefeller was remanded in custody by Boston Municipal Court.

Mr Rockefeller was arrested in Baltimore on 2 August after a tip-off from a member of the public. He was taken from Baltimore to Boston to face charges.

The 48-year-old is charged with felony custodial kidnapping, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on 27 July.

Boston-based Mr Rockefeller has a number of aliases and authorities are trying to find out his real identity.

'Own kid'

Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley told the court there was a law against parental kidnapping in Massachusetts.

He said: "Just because he's Reigh's natural father, it doesn't absolve him."

Mr Hrones said Clark Rockefeller was his legal name and that he was not guilty of abducting Reigh Boss.

He said: "How could you kidnap your own daughter? He loves his daughter. Kidnapping doesn't apply, it was his own kid."

The attorney also denied a report in The Boston Globe that Mr Rockefeller's fingerprints may be linked to a homicide investigation in California and is wanted in connection with the case. Reigh Boss was reunited with her mother, Sandra Boss, late on Saturday night.

Ms Boss works for management consultancy McKinsey & Co in London. She is a Harvard graduate who has worked for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.




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