CRIME

Utah man pleads guilty to trying to kidnap girl from her room in attempt thwarted by her dad

  • Aaron Edson, left, and Stephanie Edson, parents of a girl who was taken from her bedroom by Troy Morley, listen as Morley pleads guilty to child kidnapping in 3rd District Court, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in West Jordan, Utah. Morley told police he entered the Edson house through an unlocked door, convinced the girl to come with him and tried to walk out of the house with her in his arms on Nov. 7, 2014. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, Pool)

    Aaron Edson, left, and Stephanie Edson, parents of a girl who was taken from her bedroom by Troy Morley, listen as Morley pleads guilty to child kidnapping in 3rd District Court, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in West Jordan, Utah. Morley told police he entered the Edson house through an unlocked door, convinced the girl to come with him and tried to walk out of the house with her in his arms on Nov. 7, 2014. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Troy Morley appears in 3rd District Court, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in West Jordan, Utah. Morley, who plead guilty to child kidnapping, told police he entered a home through an unlocked door, convinced a girl to come with him and tried to walk out of the house with her in his arms on Nov. 7, 2014. The girl's father convinced Morley to let her go. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, Pool)

    Troy Morley appears in 3rd District Court, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in West Jordan, Utah. Morley, who plead guilty to child kidnapping, told police he entered a home through an unlocked door, convinced a girl to come with him and tried to walk out of the house with her in his arms on Nov. 7, 2014. The girl's father convinced Morley to let her go. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Troy Morley receives paperwork from a bailiff after pleading guilty to child kidnapping in 3rd District Court, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in West Jordan, Utah. Morley told police he entered a home through an unlocked door, convinced a girl to come with him and tried to walk out of the house with her in his arms on Nov. 7, 2014. The girl's father convinced Morley to let her go. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, Pool)

    Troy Morley receives paperwork from a bailiff after pleading guilty to child kidnapping in 3rd District Court, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in West Jordan, Utah. Morley told police he entered a home through an unlocked door, convinced a girl to come with him and tried to walk out of the house with her in his arms on Nov. 7, 2014. The girl's father convinced Morley to let her go. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

A Utah man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to kidnap a young girl from her bedroom in an attempt thwarted by the child's father.

Troy Morley entered his plea to one count of child kidnapping in an agreement with prosecutors that dismissed three other charges — burglary, criminal trespassing and interference with an arresting officer.

Morley is accused of sneaking into a house in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy early Nov. 7, 2014, and taking the 5-year-old girl from her room. He picked her up and tried to walk out the front door, but the sound woke her parents, prosecutors said.

Stephanie and Aaron Edson were especially concerned when they heard her voice because their daughter has cerebral palsy and physical limitations that make it difficult for her to walk out of her room alone.

Aaron Edson followed Morley outside and calmly asked him to give the girl back.

Morley handed her over and left, saying he needed to go to a church and to call the FBI if anything happened to him. After his arrest a few blocks away, Morley rambled about drug cartels, the FBI and voices coming from a radio, police said.

He was arrested a few blocks away. His lawyer, Roger Kraft, has said that Morley's mental health likely won't be an issue in the case.

Before the incident, he had stopped at a hotel in Sandy on his way back from Nevada because he was tired. When he left, Morley started walking around the neighborhood where the girl lives with her parents, prosecutors said.

Morley's father, Gary Stokes, has said his son was slipped unidentified drugs at the hotel and didn't know what he was doing when authorities say he tried to take the child.