A Council Bluffs man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl and taking nude photos of her.

Investigators from the Council Bluffs Police Department began looking for the girl about 8:30 p.m. Monday at an apartment building just southeast of Big Lake Park. A 28-year-old man left his apartment with the girl and turned her over to officers, saying he found her outside and brought her into his home for safety.

Officers determined that the girl was in the man’s apartment for more than an hour without him calling police.

Inconsistencies in the man’s story led police to search the apartment, where they found a cellphone that they said contained several nude photos of the girl.

The man, who appeared in court Thursday, has been charged with third-degree kidnapping and committing lascivious acts with a child. He was booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail.

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