Officials: NC infant who was subject of Amber Alert found, mother and her boyfriend in custody

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LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A Bladen County infant who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been located and the infant’s mother and her boyfriend are in custody, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

Lounnisha Renee Askew, 4 months old, was taken from a daycare near Bladenboro Monday evening by Juanita Renee Askew, 22, of Whiteville, authorities said early on Tuesday.

Juanita Askew is the child’s mother and non-custodial parent who went to the daycare, grabbed the child and fled, officials said.

Juanita Askew turned the baby over to family members after they talked her into surrendering Lounnisha to them, the sheriff’s office said. Juanita Askew and her boyfriend then fled.

The mother and her boyfriend were arrested following a traffic stop in Lumberton on Tuesday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office. The pair are being transferred to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

Lounnisha is also being transferred to the sheriff’s office where the Department of Social Services will take her, according to authorities.

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BLADENBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – An Amber Alert has been issued for a 4-month old girl who authorities say was abducted from a daycare facility Monday in Bladen County.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Lonnisha Renee Askew was taken from a daycare near Bladenboro Monday evening by Juanita Renee Askew, 22, of Whiteville.

According to a news release, Juanita Askew is the child’s mother and non-custodial parent who went to the day care, grabbed the child and fled.

Lonnisha was last seen wearing a green and pink onesie with circle designs. She has a surgical scar on her abdomen and needs special foods and care due to a birth defect.

The child also has a cyst over her right eye and a red birthmark on the back of her head.

Juanita Askew is considered dangerous with violent tendencies and abrupt mood swings, according to the release. Warrants are on file for her arrest on child abduction charges.

The mother was last seen in a dark green, dark gray or black two-door sedan with 30-day tags. Her direction of travel is unknown.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the closest law enforcement agency or the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.

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