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Carl Ray Kennedy: What We Know About Accused Sex Offender Believed to Have Abducted Infant

Police in Danville, Va. say Carl Ray Kennedy abducted 7-month-old Grace Emma Kennedy, who is his biological daughter. He's registered as a sex offender in NC and has numerous pending charges unrelated to this case.

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C.(WFMY)-- Carl Ray Kennedy is a register sex offender in Randolph County, NC and currently he's the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Police in Danville, Va. say Kennedy abducted 7-month-old Grace Emma Kennedy, who is his biological daughter, Sunday night. An Amber Alert was issued around 3 a.m. Monday. The NC Dept. of Public Safety says the car involved is a gold Suzuki with improper NC license tag EKZ-5093 with a Johnny's Auto Sales emblem on it. They say Kennedy does have access to other vehicles.

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WFMY News 2's Erica Stapleton went to Randolph County to get information beyond the NC sex offender registry about him. Note this report is only information we found in North Carolina.

Erica learned that Carl Ray Kennedy has quite the prior record.

Kennedy has 32 past convictions across the state since 1985. The charges and convictions range from traffic infractions, drug charges to felony sexual battery.

The case that landed him on the Sex Offender Registry is from March 2013. Court documents say he was charged with assault by strangulation. He was convicted of Felony Sexual Battery and Misdemeanor Sexual Battery.

CLICK HERE to Search the NC Sex Offender Registry

The Registry says his last known address is on Valewood Dr. in Asheboro and it was last verified by the Randolph County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 28 of this year (2018). On a recent charge he has a Randleman address, documents show.

In an interview with WDBJ, Emma's mother said Kennedy tried to stab her during the abduction.

PENDING CHARGES | Carl R. Kennedy has 10 current charges pending against him:

From March 2018

  • Felony – Distributing Cocaine
  • Felony – Possession of Cocaine
  • Felony – Conspiracy to Sell Cocaine

Pending non felony charges:

  • Injury to Personal Property
  • Failure To Reduce Speed (Infraction)
  • Failure to stop at a red light (Infraction)
  • No insurance while operating a vehicle (Traffic violation)

From April 2018

Felony – Reported moving to another state but stayed in NC


  • Injury to personal property
  • Speeding

Kennedy is due in court this week on some of the above charges.

WFMY News 2 will continue to update this story as more information is released.

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