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Missing Randolph County baby found in Montana hotel

Posted June 16
Updated June 19

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— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has announced that the Amber Alert issued Thursday for 8-month-old John Aston Lorell Eastlack has been canceled.

According to the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, Missoula police officers found John Aston Lorell Eastlack in a Montana hotel with his biological parents early Sunday morning.

The parents, 20-year-old Penny Dianne Worthy and 35-year-old Chad Douglas Eastlack, abducted the 8-month-old Thursday in Randolph County.

Authorities said the the 8-month-old and his parents were discovered after an officer spotted a stolen Chrysler minivan in the hotel parking lot.

Worthy does not have custody of the baby.

According to Randolph County authorities, Eastlack is in good health and has been turned over to the local social services agency in Missoula. His return home to North Carolina will be coordinated by the Randolph County Department of Social Services.

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  • James Barefoot Jun 19, 4:48 p.m.
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    Who has custody? Who is going to Jail?

  • Joan Faircloth Jun 17, 2:37 a.m.
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    This is sad. I'm concerned they haven't been found yet. I hope they don't do anything crazy like "if we can't have him, no one can have him" type of situation :/