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State drops charges against man who took daughters, car

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - The State Attorney's Office has dropped the two charges against a man who was arrested in July after taking his two children away from their mother for two days.

Aaron David Brooks, 32, was arrested on July 7 on charges of interfering with child custody and grand theft and was released from the jail on Aug. 8.

Court records show the state dropped the charges on Aug. 6, with a document stating the "case does not warrant prosecution."

Hernando Today previously reported Brooks, of Masaryktown, went to pick up his two young children from their mother's Weeki Wachee home on July 4.

When asked to leave, Brooks said he would go if he could use her car to take the children to go pick up fireworks.

According to the arrest report, Brooks told the childrens' mother he'd return the girls later that night.

Brooks and the children were found in Brooksville on July 6 and were all in good health.

During their absence, the sheriff's office sent out press releases that included physical descriptions of the missing children and Brooks.

Court records also show a petition for domestic violence filed by the children's mother against Brooks was denied on July 8.

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