Deputies in Scotland County search for newborn, believed to be in danger, and mother

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UPDATE (2/1/19): The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has since determined that this story, which they initially posted about as a missing persons case on Facebook Thursday, was a hoax.

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SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WBTW) – The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a newborn and the child’s mother Thursday.

Deputies say they received a report for a missing child/missing person. They are now searching for a Hispanic female known as April Morrison. She is possibly Puerto Rican or similar, according to deputies, and speaks both English and Spanish.

The sheriff’s office says Morrison was reported to have arrived in the Richmond County area about eight months pregnant. Morrison gave birth to a female child recently, and the child is believed to be in danger and not in the care of the mother, according to deputies.

The child’s name has not yet been released. She has approximately 2-3 weeks old.

Deputies say they have reasonable suspicion that Morrison is operating under an alias. She was believed to be staying in local motels or hotels, between Richmond County, Scotland County and Fayetteville, NC.

Morrison is reported currently as ‘possibly being deceased or having been removed’ from the Scotland County and/or Richmond County area ‘possibly under fear or coercion’, according to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (910) 266-4332, extension 4.

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