KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Kershaw County woman accused of taking her 3-year-old biological son from the home of his legal guardian without permission on Monday was arrested overnight after a vehicle pursuit, authorities said.

In a news release early Wednesday morning, Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan said Vanessa Weatherford was arrested after a pursuit involving Chesterfield County deputies that led into North Carolina.

“We are happy to announce Jasper Garcia is now safe and on his way home,” Boan said, adding that Weatherford is expected to face charges in both Chesterfield and Kershaw counties.

Boan’s office said Tuesday that Weatherford and the baby were missing from the Bethune area and might be in the Hartsville area of Darlington County or in the Cheraw or Patrick areas of Chesterfield County.

Authorities have not released information about the pursuit or how they tracked down Weatherford and the baby.

“The safety of Jasper was our main concern throughout this investigation,” Boan said. “We are happy he is now safe. The consequences of his mother’s actions will be handled accordantly.”

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