Man accused of stealing dog from crash victim’s family turns himself in

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HUNTING VALLEY, Ohio-- The man accused of stealing a dog that belongs to the family of a car accident victim turned himself in to police Friday morning.

Carter Freefield (Photo courtesy: Hunting Valley Police Department)

Carter Freefield (Photo courtesy: Hunting Valley Police Department)

According to Hunting Valley Police Chief David Maine, Carter Freefield, 20, was served the theft and trespassing warrants, and he posted bond.

He's accused of stealing a dog belonging to Rick Doody.  Doody adopted the dog named Leo several months ago when he learned the dog was born on the same day his son died. Alex Doody was in a Jeep with three other Hawken School students that went off the road and hit a tree on May 14.

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Police say a search of text messages revealed Freefield's motive for allegedly taking Leo.

"According to him, a quote, 'it was a chick magnet.' He thought it would be a good idea to pick up girls with a pretty dog like that," said Lt. Barry Hendricks, Hunting Valley Police.

Freefield was ordered to have no contact with the victims. He's expected to be back in court on Feb. 3.

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