BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. – A second suspect was arrested Thursday afternoon after a 4-month-old child was kidnapped Monday.
- A 4-month-old girl was kidnapped in Bladen County Monday.
- The child was found safe Tuesday.
- The noncustodial mother was arrested Tuesday, and another suspect was arrested Thursday.
The Amber Alert was canceled for a 4-month-old Lonnisha Renee Askew out of Bladen County when she was found safe after being taken from daycare. The mother and an unidentified man were arrested in Lumberton Tuesday. Lonnie Lee Williams, 29, was arrested Thursday afternoon.
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said Lonnisha was abducted from a daycare facility near Bladenboro at approximately 5:00 p.m. Monday by a non-custodial parent, Juanita Renee Askew, 22, of Whiteville, NC.
The infant was in the custody of Columbus County Department of Social Services and had been placed in a foster home in Bladen County.
According to the sheriff, Juanita was allowed one supervised visit with the child per month, which usually happened at the child’s daycare.
On Monday, she went to the daycare and told the workers she was there for a visit and waiting on a DSS worker. Then, while the workers’ backs were turned, she managed to grab the child and flee. She is not allowed unsupervised visits with the child.
Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said, "Our investigation lead us to believe Mr. Williams was with Juanita Askew when she took her child from Little Hands Daycare on Monday afternoon. We believe Askew dropped Williams off somewhere in Columbus County after she took her child. Ms. Askew then fled to Hoke county where she stayed with a friend Monday night before he drove her to meet a family member in Lumberton to give them her daughter. Askew was arrested when she arrived at the exchange point and after she released the child to a family member. There were several undercover officers around the location to ensure the safety of the child."
Juanita Askew has been charged with abduction of a child and placed in Bladen County Jail under a $500,000 bond.