McDowell makes court appearance following Amber Alert

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HAYS, Kan. (KSNW) – The man accused of taking two children yesterday morning north of Hays made an appearance today in Ellis County Court.

Bryce McDowell faces possible charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony endangerment of child, and domestic violence.

The judge set his bond at $20,000. Law enforcement has until July 5 to file formal charges.

McDowell can have no contact with the mother. The children were placed in protective custody.

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