Many people say 43-year old Edward Imwald Jr. got some "country justice." Witnesses say they beat him up after they saw Imwald snatch a young child away from his family and began to inappropriately touch him at a mudbogging event at Morgan’s Corner Proving Ground last month.
On Thursday, Imwald had a probable cause hearing in court and the young boy's family was there. The mother tells only NewsChannel 3 her version of what happened.
"I looked up and he was gone," said Suncia Greene.
Suncia Greene says her 5-year-old son disappeared within seconds.
She said people saw Imwald snatch the boy, took him to an empty bus and spanked him on the butt to get in.
Greene says she found her son in Imwald's arms and snatched him away. Today, she thanks those who took action to help her son, saying it could have been much worse.
"What if them boys wouldn't have got him? What would he have done then? Would he have let him go," she asked. "I hope he gets what he is supposed to or the help that he needs."
Imwald was arrested and charged with Simple Assault, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Indecent Liberties with a Minor, and Kidnapping. He is being held on a $22,000 bond.
Imwald's probable cause hearing was continued. A grand jury will look at the evidence to see if there is enough to move forward for a trial.
This case is still under investigation. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident may contact the Sheriff’s Office at 252-338-2191 or the Hotline at 252-335-5555.