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SHAWNEE, Okla. -- A Pottawatomie County man is facing new charges in a kidnapping case that involved the alleged abduction of his own daughter.

Robert Almon, 32, had a video arraignment Thursday from the Pottawatomie County jail in Shawnee, during which prosecutors added to the criminal charges stemming from an Amber Alert he allegedly caused.

July 3 authorities issued the alert for 3-year-old Chasity Almon.

She was reunited with her mother, Kimberly Bristow, the next day after authorities tracked down Robert Almon with Chasity in Norman.

Deputies were trying to serve a felony warrant for assault and battery on Almon when they said he saw them at his mother's house and sped away with Chasity in his truck.

While many were celebrating Independence Day, Bristow was wondering where Almon had taken her baby girl.

"Please, please, I'm begging, give her back," Bristow said the afternoon of July 4.

Hours later, she was holding Chasity once again after authorities arrested Almon at his wife's apartment complex in Norman.

Court records state Almon "appeared to be angry and stated 'I don't give a (expletive), I ain't going back to prison.'"

"I would not ever wish that upon my worst enemy," Bristow said of the ordeal. "I mean, I can't even literally explain how scared I was."

Thursday in Shawnee, a judge told Almon he was facing charges of endangering others while eluding police and kidnapping.

But there's a new, unrelated charge.

Child abuse by injury.

The state alleges Almon used a cigarette lighter to burn the foot of Chasity back in March.

"I said, 'Sissy what happened to your foot,' and she said, 'My daddy burned me,' and I said, 'Why would daddy do that?' and she said, 'I don't know' and then she just shut down," Bristow said.

"I don't want to look at him," Bristow said of Almon. "It makes me sick. It literally makes me sick."

Pottawatomie County Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter said the child abuse charge was about to be filed when Almon ran from deputies, which compounded his legal trouble.

"Oh definitely, definitely," he said. "You would hope people, when officers are attempting to serve a warrant, would accept the fact and just be taken into custody peacefully."

"I'm just glad that she's home and she's safe and I don't have to share her with those people anymore," Bristow said.

She's referring to Almon and his wife, Michelle Wilson, who was arrested for harboring a fugitive during that chase.

As for Chasity, Bristow said she's doing very well and both are now sleeping well.

Almon is back in court July 31; that's when a preliminary hearing will be set.