Frank Ganis, left, and Arisha Caldwell (Booking photos by Greene County Sheriff's Office)
Frank Ganis, left, and Arisha Caldwell are facing first-degree kidnapping charges after allegedly taking their 2-year-old daughter from a supervised visit April 9 in Springfield. (Booking photos by Greene County Sheriff's Office)

To read this story, please sign in with your email address and password.

You've read all your free stories this month. Subscribe now and unlock unlimited access to our stories, exclusive subscriber content, additional newsletters, invitations to special events, and more.


Frank Ganis and Arisha Caldwell are being held in the Greene County Jail without bond, charged with first-degree kidnapping after allegedly taking their daughter, who is in the care of the state of Missouri, from a supervised visit at Wonders of Wildlife the morning of April 9.

Two-year-old Arukia Ganis was located safely later in the day and Ganis and Caldwell were taken into custody in Polk County. The case started as an Endangered Missing Person Alert and was later upgraded to a statewide Amber Alert.

Ganis, 36, is facing several 2022 and 2023 felony charges in Stone County. They include deviate sexual assault of a child under 15, kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, creating a substantial risk and unlawful use of a weapon.

The 33-year-old Caldwell, meanwhile, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk, as well as statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy with a person less than 14 years old in Stone County in 2022. Her jury trial was scheduled to begin April 10.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Hauxeda, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger