Clay County man accused of kidnapping
By Erica Kearns
James Cummings, 41, a Clay County native, has been charged with kidnapping after being accused of holding his ex-girlfriend captive for several days. Cummings turned himself into authorities Thursday and was transported to Central Regional Jail.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman and Cummings had an argument and before she could leave, Cummings grabbed her by the hair and dragged her through the house. The complaint also says Cummings kicked her in the head, sexually assaulted her and threatened to kill her and their daughter if she tried to escape. The Roane County Sheriff’s Department says Cummings forced to woman to stay in his home in the area of Looney Fork for a period of five days.
The woman was able to escape with her daughter without enduring further harm.