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January 23, 2008 3:29 AM

Steven Stayner's kidnapper dies in prison

Kenneth Eugene Parnell, one of California's most notorious child molesters, has died of natural causes while serving a life sentence. Parnell, 76, died at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville on Monday night, corrections officials said Tuesday. He was convicted of kidnapping 7-year-old Steven Stayner as the boy walked home from school in Merced in 1972. Parnell gave the boy a different name and kept him until Stayner escaped in 1980.

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