Owensville man held without bond, charged with kidnapping of own son

Three felonies filed in Callaway County; next hearing is Oct. 4

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 10/2/19

An Owensville man remains jailed in Callaway County without bond following his arrest in connection with the alleged kidnapping of his natural son from the boy’s home near Holts Summit late Saturday night.

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Owensville man held without bond, charged with kidnapping of own son

Three felonies filed in Callaway County; next hearing is Oct. 4

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An Owensville man remains jailed in Callaway County without bond following his arrest in connection with the alleged kidnapping of his natural son from the boy’s home near Holts Summit late Saturday night.

Rodney Jay Trentmann, 38, of Owensville, was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Gasconade at 12:21 a.m. Sunday as he was returning to Owensville with a female driving him and his son, 6.

Callaway County investigators allege Trentmann broke into the locked residence of the woman who birthed his twin children and took the boy while his twin sister hid crying in a bedroom closet. The children’s mother was at work at Fulton State Hospital and a man watching the twins and another boy, 11, told police that Trentmann threatened to hit him on two separate occasions after entering the residence.

Trentmann is charged in a felony Callaway County warrant with one count each of first-degree stalking (class E), parental kidnapping (class E), and first-degree burglary (class B). He is also charged with a class C misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault.

Trentmann appeared by video for arraignment on Tuesday morning in Callaway Associate Circuit Judge Carol England’s court. He was advised of the charges pending against him and the case was continued until 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, “for counsel status and a bond hearing,” according to court records.

According to the Probable Cause statement filed by sheriff’s investigator Ryan Lacey, Trentmann is alleged to have been driven to Callaway County by a female acquaintance. At approximately 11:06 p.m. Sept. 28, he entered the residence in the 11000 block of Brad Drive near Holts Summit and encountered the male babysitter. A half-brother to the twins told investigators that he and the babysitter had locked the front door and the screen door.

The older boy, who is not related to Trentmann, told deputies he witnessed Trentmann raise a fist and threaten the man who was watching them.

The mother of the twins was never married to Trentmann but Trentmann’s name is on their birth certificates as their father, investigators learned from the woman. She is listed in other court records over the course of their relationship as sharing a residence with Trentmann in the 600 block of Cherry Avenue in Owensville. Investigators noted they had not been in a romantic relationship since May 2019.

He still resides at their old residence, according to court records. There is not a parental custody plan. The twins are enrolled in school in Holts Summit.

Lacey’s investigative report alleges Trentmann called the mother of his twins approximately 70 times between the time she reported for work at 6:45 that evening and when he showed up at her residence shortly after 11. The woman’s phone showed 19 missed calls from “Rodney” at 6:42 p.m., 55 missed calls at 7:57 p.m. from “Rodney,” and 19 more missed calls from a private number at 8:07 p.m.

At 11:45, there were six additional missed calls from “Rodney” recorded.

Trentmann is also alleged to have call the woman’s place of employment where he told the switchboard operator he was calling the Family Services Division.

She also provided Instagram account information which included a string of vulgar and racially derogatory messages from the “rodneytrentmann” account. Several were of a threatening nature about him coming to her home. She had texted him back that she would make arrangements for him to see the twins the following weekend and that he should not take them at this time.

The woman who drove Trentmann to Holts Summit told investigators during an interview at the Owensville police station that he had been drinking and needed a ride since, as he told her, “the kids wanted me to come and get them,” she told police.

The report notes Trentmann was noticeably intoxicated. He denied breaking into the residence telling investigators his son let him in the front door. And, he said he only stood in the doorway. The babysitter told investigators Trentmann fell face first on the living room floor.

Trentmann has prior conviction for third-degree domestic assault and resisting arrest in Franklin County cases from 2006 and 2007 respectively.

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