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January 9, 2007

Man arrested for allegedly trying to plot death of Childs

An Enid man was arrested Tuesday morning on a complaint of solicitation of murder for attempting to hire an undercover officer to kill Rick Childs, according to Enid police.

Members of Enid Police Department’s Narcotics Unit and Investigative Services Division and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs arrested Andrew Harshman, 24, when they learned he was actively soliciting the murder of Childs and was offering to pay for the potential murder.

Childs said he was awakened Tuesday by a call from police saying they had arrested Harshman.

“They informed me they had arrested Andrew Harshman for solicitation and had concerns for my safety if he was to make bond,” Childs said.

Childs said Harshman was an ex-boyfriend of his wife, whom Childs married Jan. 4, and may be the father of one of his wife’s children. Childs said incidents over custody occurred for several months, with increased frequency, and Childs and his soon-to-be-wife refused to allow Harshman to see the children shortly after Christmas.

Childs said he and wife then were served with an emergency order to re-lease custody of the children, ages 2 and 4, to Harsh-man. Childs said he and his wife never were notified of the hearing before Associate District Judge Tom Newby that awarded custody of the children to Harshman.

“Right now, my No. 1 concern is for those kids,” Childs said, saying they were both in the custody of Harshman’s mother. He said Harshman had been living with his mother.

“It shocked me he did try to do this, but you know, people can do anything,” Childs said.

He said a hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19 for he and wife to attempt to get back the two children. He said he has not been able to get the hearing date moved up.

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