Former Football Prospect Taken Into Custody On Parental Kidnapping Charges

PLATTE, South Dakota (WWJ) –  Police have found a missing 11-year-old Richmond boy, who authorities believe was kidnapped by his father, former football player Mark Grabowski.

The F.B.I. has arrested Mark Grabowski, father of Connor Grabowski-Cracchiolo, at a hunting ranch in South Dakota where he was recently employed and found Connor safe at that location.

Grabowski-Cracchiolo, missing since August 30th, is seen on a YouTube video – saying he wanted to start a new life with his Dad.

“The reason I left was because I was tired of dealing with the same things with my mom, most everyday, cuz she’s abusing me mentally and physically,” said Conner on a video posted on YouTube.

That claim was disputed by Connor’s maternal grandfather, Craig Temby, of the Howell area.

“I know that he enjoys being with his mother … he loves his mother,” said Temby.

Temby believes Connor was put up to say those things.

Grabowski was taken into custody without incident on a parental kidnapping warrant that had been issued by the Livingston County Prosecutors Office.

Grabowski was waived from the Detroit Lions roster in 1982.

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