Grandpa Accused of Snatching Kids Out on Bail

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A man accused of kidnapping his grandchildren from Middle Tennessee two decades ago has been released on bond in Murfreesboro.
     
Marvin Maple was released on $100,000 bond Friday evening after a court lowered his initial $1 million bond, the Daily News Journal reported.

Maples, 73, was extradited from San Jose, Calif., where he was charged Feb. 4 with abducting Christi and Bobby Baskin in March 1989. They were 8 and 7 years old when they disappeared.
     
Both were the children of Maple's daughter Debbie Baskin and her husband, Mark. The couple have still not made contact with their now-grown children in California.

"It's a blessing to know that they were alive and well," a tearful Debbie Baskin said after her children found. 

Authorities said after Maple's arrest that they got a tip he was living in the Bay Area.  Investigators said the tip came in after someone heard Maple talking about the abduction at a San Jose restaurant. 

"He was angry about a news report about the kidnapping and how it portrayed him," said Tennessee police Lt. Bill Sharp. 

Police in San Jose quickly arrested Maple. 

"I'm concerned about him," Debbie said. "I know he's not a nice person, but he's still my father, and my heart is breaking."

Maple's is due back in court March 17.

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