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Deputy who rescued kidnapped baby recounts the moment he found her

Jimmy Barnes helped end a nearly two-day search for the 7-month-old girl

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. – Deputy Jimmy Barnes is the man who grabbed Emma Grace Kennedy and got her out of the home Tuesday afternoon.

"I just went and got the girl, made sure she was safe and took her out of the residence," said Barnes, who works for the Randolph County, North Carolina Sheriff's Office.

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With that swift move, Barnes helped end a nearly two-day search for the 7-month-old girl.

"Just joyful. You're very happy, relieved to know everyone came out unhurt, that she's safe. That's the best joy you can find," said Barnes. 

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He said Carl Kennedy, Emma's dad and alleged abductor, was holding his daughter when they went in.

Barnes said it's a huge relief to know that Emma is OK. 

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"Once you get to the end and it's a good turn out like this, she's safe, no one's hurt, that's the best feeling you can get. It's all worth it," said Barnes.
 


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