KENDALL - A six-time felon who attacked two men with a pry bar in the kidnapping of his baby daughter has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.
Scott Allen Vaughn, 32, of Beaverton, Ore., had just been released from prison when he went to a doublewide home in the 6100 block of Shamrock Road in late May and forced open the door, according to court records.
The mother of his child, who was at the home, had been in a relationship with Vaughn for years. While he was still incarcerated, she told him during a phone conversation that she wanted to break up, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.
Two men inside were awoken by the sound of the break-in. Vaughn hit them both in the face with a pry bar, then promised he was going to come back and kill them if they called the cops.
Vaughn left in a Ford Explorer with his father, his infant daughter and the family dog. An Amber Alert was put out by local law enforcement for the baby. Officers pulled over the Ford about 20 minutes later.
But Vaughn wasn't inside. Instead officers found and questioned two of Vaughn's in-laws: Tyrone Lowe and Ezekiel Silmon.
Minutes later, police pulled over a maroon Chevy Suburban - owned by the in-laws - in Bellingham. Vaughn and his father were passengers. Vaughn's sister, Teta Dormayiea Lowe, was driving. Officers had to fire nonlethal rounds at the SUV to get Vaughn to come out. His daughter was found unharmed in the back seat.
Vaughn claimed he was attacked at the Shamrock home, not the other way around.
"He says the only thing he recalls after that is waking up in the Suburban with some music on" just before he was arrested, wrote Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Mac Setter.
The girl was returned to her mother.
For obstructing law enforcement, Silmon and the Lowes were sentenced this month to a year in jail with all but a little more than a week of their sentences suspended. Teta later said she was scared of her brother so she did what he told her to do.
Vaughn's father, Jeffrey Vaughn, who had eight felonies on his record, was sentenced to a year and nine months in prison for complicity in first-degree custodial interference. He told deputies they planned to take the baby to Oregon.
Scott Vaughn was sentenced earlier this month after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon. He must serve five years and two months behind bars.
He has been in and out of jail for the past decade. Three of his felony convictions were for vehicle theft.