Michael Webb Gets Life In Prison For Kidnapping 8-Year-Old Girl

NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
November 14, 2019 - 11:45 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD/NBCDFW) - The man found guilty of kidnapping an 8-year-old Fort Worth girl in front of her mother will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Back in September, a Tarrant County jury found Michael Webb guilty of the crime after just 14 minutes of deliberations.

Webb, 51, received the maximum punishment of life in prison for the abduction. He is still facing several other charges, including one count of aggravated kidnapping, six counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child (enhanced) and two counts of indecency with a child (habitual offender notice).

“We believe that justice has been served in this case. And we are thankful for and agree with the Judge’s decision to sentence him to life in prison.  My hope is that this family and this community will find solace in knowing that he will never be able to harm another little child again,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox.

Webb was accused of kidnapped the girl in front of her mother from a Fort Worth neighborhood in May and later sexually assaulted the child.

Prosecutors say Webb snatched the girl off the street in Fort Worth as she walked with her mother in the Ryan Place neighborhood on May 18. The girl's mother tried to prevent the abduction but was overpowered by Webb, police said.

After an hourslong search, which included an Amber Alert being issued at about 11 p.m., the girl was rescued shortly after midnight at a hotel in Forest Hill. Webb was arrested at the scene.

Two weeks before his conviction, Webb's attorneys said they wanted the case dismissed, arguing the search of his room, where police said he was found with the missing girl, was illegal because there was no probable cause to enter the room.

Forest Hill police visited Webb at his room earlier in the evening after a witness called police and said they saw him enter the hotel with a child. During their initial visit, Forest Hill police never spotted the child and left the room hours before she was eventually rescued by Fort Worth police.

The Forest Hill officer who searched the room but didn't uncover the girl was later fired.