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Amber Alert issued for Greene County girl

Posted May 26, 2011
Updated May 27, 2011

Amber Alert

— Authorities issued a statewide Amber Alert for a 1-year-old Greene County girl on Thursday night.

Cathy Victoria Wells is described as a white female, 2 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 18 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. 

Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith said the child was abducted by her parents, Christy Dubois and Rodney Wells. He said on Monday a judge terminated their parental rights and ordered the child be turned over to social services. The parents did not comply with that order and are now missing.

Smith said he didn't know why the couple had lost custody of their child.

Dubois, 35, is described as a white female with brown hair. Rodney Wells, 39, is described as a white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He has black hair. 

Authorities say the three are traveling in a 2001 blue Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck with North Carolina tag number XT1240. 

They were last seen on Oakdale Road in Snow Hill and are believed to be headed to Mississippi.

Pictures of the girl and her biological parents were not available.

Anyone with information about the abduction is asked to call the Greene County Sheriff's Department at 252-747-3411 or 911. 

Both Wells and Dubois have criminal records in North Carolina. Wells has been convicted of selling drugs, while Dubois has larceny and trespassing convictions, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • just my2cents May 27, 2011

    when a TPR is signed by a judge, the parents have failed. Several times. The state "wants" to keep families intact and tries to help parents do what needs to be done to do that. These parents apparently did not care enough to do the right thing.....I hope and pray the are caught.

  • Scubagirl May 27, 2011

    Time to pull this story since the girl has been found!

  • teachnow May 27, 2011

    If they have terminated parental rights, this is serious. What I don't understand is why the law did not go get the child immediately. They do not terminate these rights lightly.

  • grassroots May 27, 2011

    Monkey - I understand what you are saying, but usually by the time rights are terminated - they are already past the point of getting their lives on track (as far as the court is concerned). Termination is the final step and then the child is considered adoptable.

  • carla349 May 27, 2011

    "They always make these things out to sound like it's a stranger stealing kids from a parking lot. Once you read it it's the parents or a parent.Waay over used. ~ aspenstreet1717"

    Actually, I'm going to agree here. Amber alerts should be for child endangerment only, not simple custody disagreements. Not saying that this one would be one or the other, there isn't enough info to tell at this point. They might be addicts that love their child and did everything wrong or really dangerous people.

    Not saying it shouldn't be mentioned online or in the news broadcasts, but full on Amber Alerts on billboards, with mass media break-ins should be used more judiciously then they have been. JMO.

  • pebbles262004 May 27, 2011

    this must be the same judge that Brad Copper had!!! I hope this child is found safe and will be put in good hands..Maybe one day her parents will get their act together and be good parents to her....

  • Ms.Manda May 27, 2011

    Why does this 1 year old only weigh 18 lbs?!?! Thats shocking!!!

  • hppyhourhero May 27, 2011

    aspenstreet1717....I agree.

  • hpowell27610 May 27, 2011

    This article isn't making sense. No pictures are available? How is that possible when booth parents have criminal records? Also, the judge ordered the parents to turn the child over? Normally if there was a prior incident leading to judge’s order to terminate their parental rights, wouldn’t the child already been with the child protection service or something? Just not adding up….

  • seankelly15 May 27, 2011

    aspenstreet1717 And who is "THEY"?