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Son faces kidnapping charge of father

Dec. 24, 2005 at 9:28 PM

BOSTON, N.Y., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A 25-year-old Boston-area man faces kidnapping charges for removing his father's feeding tube and taking him from a nursing home.

Le Xiong was arrested at Logan International Airport about 45 minutes before he and his father, Ping Xiong, were to board a flight to Detroit. They were booked for a later flight to Hong Kong, state police and an airport spokesman told the Boston Globe.

"I know he was going to bring him back to China, but I don't have the reason why," said Capt. John O'Leary, a police spokesman. O'Leary added there is no evidence that the son intended to harm his father.

Xiong pleaded not guilty to a charge of kidnapping a person in custody and was held in lieu of $25,000 in bail, said a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating.

Police say they have no motive for the son taking his 68-year-old father, who cannot swallow.

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