Meth, Mistaken Identity Lead to Kidnapping Attempt

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Shane Davis, 41, lives in Houston. Davis does have a five-year-old daughter, but she does not live in Houston. Unfortunately, meth can make simple details like these very difficult to remember.

On the morning of January 28, a 37-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter, neither of whom are named Nellie, were taking what was probably a delightful stroll through Memorial Park when a stranger, later identified as Davis, approached them yelling the name "Nellie." The mother tried to ignore Davis but he persisted, yelling, "Ma'am, you have my daughter, that's my daughter, give her back to me," according to court records.

Eventually the woman picked up her daughter and ran as fast as she could to her car. That's when Davis pulled up in his red Dodge Ram and tried to block her from leaving, she later told police. She managed to get out the park, but Davis followed close behind in his truck. She frantically called 911 as Davis chased her in traffic, running red lights to keep up. After about ten minutes, the mother saw a police cruiser and began honking her horn to get the cop's attention. That finally shook Davis and he disappeared into traffic.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman remembered the license plate number of the truck that chased her, which ultimately led police to Davis. Here was his explanation when cops tracked him down the next day:

"The defendant blamed his behavior on methamphetamine because he had ingested and was under the influence of the drug on the morning of January 28, 2015. The defendant stated that he did, in fact, have a five year old daughter, but that she lived in another state. Defendant stated that in his drug-addled brain, he believed the complainant was his daughter."

Still, Davis told police that somehow he "clearly recalled that he had not run any red lights or driven unsafely while following the complainant's vehicle." Davis then "confessed that he had done drugs all of his life."

According to police, Davis has a long criminal record, including multiple arrests and convictions in several states for assault, family violence, burglary, arson, and -- you guessed it -- drug possession.

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