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Amber Alert issued for S.C. sisters after mother stabbed

Posted February 19, 2009
Updated February 20, 2009

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— Authorities issued a North Carolina Amber Alert late Thursday for two missing sisters whose father might be taking them to Monroe in Union County or Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina authorities said they believe Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 29, stabbed his common-law wife, Diane Madisol Trejo, 22, in the neck and hands during a fight at a Lancaster County home Thursday evening.

Deputies came to the home after a neighbor called 911 around 8:15 p.m.

Trejo was flown to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia and was in critical but stable condition. She suffered a 2 ½ to 3 inch-long stab wound on her neck.

Authorities say Reyes-Campos then took their children, 1-year-old Destiny and 3-year-old Melanie Reyes, along with a 5-year-old boy Gerado Hurto.

Officials reported Friday morning that they found the boy safe, but Lancaster County authorities later declined to confirm that.

Destiny Reyes is a white/Hispanic girl, about 2 feet tall and 25 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Melanie Reyes is a 3-year-old white/Hispanic girl, about 3 feet tall and 45 pounds.

Authorities said they originally thought Reyes-Campos headed to Monroe, N.C., but now think he went south toward Columbia, S.C. He may be driving a 1992, tan Isuzu Rodeo with South Carolina tag BJD-238.

Reyes-Campos is described as a white/Hispanic man, standing 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Deputies warned that Reyes-Campos is considered armed and dangerous. Members of the public should use extreme caution if they see him and call 911 immediately.

Reyes-Campos' criminal record in South Carolina dates to 1996 and includes arrests for drunken driving, public drunkenness, domestic violence and cocaine possession.

Reyes-Campos, who is in the country illegally, was deported to Mexico in September, according to Lancaster Sheriff's Maj. David Belk. Authorities did not know he had returned to the U.S., Belk said.

Anyone with information should call Lt. Brown with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division immediately at 803-896-7133, or call 911 or *HP (*47) on cell phones.

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  • boomylar Feb 20, 2009

    so yeap, i guess him stabbing the mother almost to death isn't a good enough reason for them issuing the amber alert. I told ya'll that we didn't have all the story. there's alway a reason for them doing the alert.. if you choose to think that they are abusing it, then thats your choose, but don't tell the rest of us that its bs..cause its not... in your face... i truely hope that they find these girls alive and safe!

  • ibbott41 Feb 20, 2009

    Wral. Please stop with the white/hispanic description already. there is not such thing. He is hispanic and illegal so do not sugar coat this story anymore.

  • PaulRevere Feb 20, 2009

    My initial comment about him being an illegal and how they are killing our country didn't make it past the pc police the first time, but I'd like to now say TOLD YA SO!

  • Heather Feb 20, 2009

    I get the amber alerts on my cell in a text. Of course, this was by choice but I think it's a great idea. If I'm out and about I'd know what to look for - if not, I just delete the message.

  • onpointe Feb 20, 2009

    Of course he returned to the U.S.; the borders are wide open, the laws are not enforced and the handouts continue. Hope and pray the mom and kids are okay.

  • beachbum1 Feb 20, 2009

    5'9 170 lbs? He looks more like 200 lbs.

  • LambeauSouth Feb 20, 2009

    Reyes-Campos' criminal record in South Carolina dates to 1996 and includes arrests for drunken driving, public drunkenness, domestic violence and cocaine possession.

    Reyes-Campos, who is in the country illegally, was deported to Mexico in September, according to Lancaster Sheriff's Maj. David Belk. Authorities did not know he had returned to the U.S., Belk said.

    And Advocates wonder why American citizens want the illegals gone for good! There is so much wrong with this picture.

    How can anyone support this is beyoud me

  • mmania Feb 20, 2009

    Why have you guys gotten this to be a custody dispute?

    Bring it back to where it should be. A man in this country illegally has taken children that "supposedly" are his after STABBING his babies mama and is on the run.

    There is so much more wrong with this than who has custody.

  • mmania Feb 20, 2009

    "Reyes-Campos, who is in the country illegally"

    SAY IT AIN'T SO

  • Gork Feb 20, 2009

    hey white-flour Pancake, it's "they're", not "there".

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