Iowa man charged with kidnapping, taking nude photos of missing 4-year-old girl

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Council Bluffs police said they arrested Michael Brandstrom, 28, on charges of third-degree kidnapping and lascivious acts with a child.

Brandstrom could face up to 5 years in prison for lascivious acts with a child and up to 10 years in prison for kidnapping, if he’s convicted of the charges, KETV reported.

Police said they responded to calls for a missing 4-year-old girl on Monday. During the search, officers found Brandstrom bringing the missing girl out of his apartment, police said.

According to a press release, Brandstrom told officers he found the girl and brought her to his apartment to keep her safe.


Michael Brandstrom, 28, was booked on charges of third-degree kidnapping and lascivious acts with a child. (KETV)

Nevertheless, law enforcement authorities discovered conflicting information. Detectives said through investigation they found Brandstrom kept the missing girl in his apartment for over an hour without calling police.

Moreover, detectives found several nude photos of the girl on Brandstrom’s phone, police said.

A judge set Brandstrom’s bond at $30,000 for both charges and issued a no contact order.

Brandstrom’s preliminary hearing is set for September 13.

Brandstrom is in Pottawattamie County Corrections and police said additional charges might be pending.


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