Troopers Locate Child Missing for Months While Rescuing 5-Year-Old Girl

Lorenz Duchamps
By Lorenz Duchamps
December 20, 2022US News
Troopers Locate Child Missing for Months While Rescuing 5-Year-Old Girl
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Authorities located a child who had been missing for months during a traffic stop in North Carolina while investigating a possible kidnapping involving another child, according to multiple reports.

South Carolina’s Rock Hill Police Department notified the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) on Monday after receiving a report that a 5-year-old girl was abducted from an elementary school in Rock Hill, the largest city of York County, WRAL reported.

Out-of-state highway patrol was informed about the kidnapping because Rock Hill officials received word that the girl could be taken through North Carolina.

At 1:13 p.m., NCSHP troopers spotted the suspect traveling on Interstate 85 in Orange County and initiated a traffic stop.

Police identified the suspect as 38-year-old Jovan Orlando Bradshaw and noted that the case is linked to custodial interference.

As troopers conducted a search of the vehicle, they located the 5-year-old girl along with a second child who had been missing since May. That child’s age or gender was not revealed.

“The driver was taken into custody without incident and the abducted 5-year-old girl was located safely in the vehicle,” NCSHP said in a press release, WNCN reported.

Bradshaw is now facing charges that include two counts of custodial interference, WRAL reported.

According to a daily custody report issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Bradshaw is a fugitive from justice and is jailed on a $55,000 bond.

On Monday, Rock Hill police said Bradshaw had taken the second child in a similar way as he did with the 5-year-old girl.

On May 23, he reportedly went to an elementary school in the city and took this child without having the custody rights to do so. That child has been in Bradshaw’s custody illegally for the last six months.

Authorities say both children are placed in the care of child protective services in Orange County until they can be reunited with a parent.

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