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Deputies: Missing Robeson County boy found

Posted December 27, 2013

— A missing Robeson County boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert early Friday was found safe hours later, authorities said.

Robeson County sheriff's deputies said 1-year-old Jaylon Marcus Bullard was unharmed when he was found with his mother, Candice Locklear, 21, and her live-in boyfriend, Shamael Ellerber, 23.

Ellerber was accused of abducting the boy from their mobile home at 154 McBridge Road in Red Springs during a domestic dispute.

Maj. Anthony Thompson, of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, said the couple argued during the pre-dawn hours Friday. At some point, Locklear took the boy and ran to a neighbor's house.

Thompson said Ellerber chased them and forced them into a green 2001 Chevrolet Malibu before driving away.

All three were found in Robeson County, Thompson said. It was unclear where they were.

The boy was released into the custody of his father, Jamie Bullard.

Oh man, it feels great," he said as he held his son in his arms. "I was crying all morning and just worried to death about him. I'm just glad he's back with me."

Bullard said Locklear and Ellerber fought often. He said Locklear went to a neighbor's house to try to call her grandmother following the fight, and the green Malibu belonged to Locklear.

Locklear posted messages on her Facebook page, calling the incident a "misunderstanding." She wrote: "Nobody has kidnapped me or my Li'l Man."

Investigators said they received conflicting information as the day wore on. It was a day that Jamie Bullard described as agonizing.

"I was just praying to God that he would be all right and that the Lord would look over him and bring him back home to me," he said.

WRAL has learned that Bullard has a criminal past. In 2008, he was charged with first-degree murder and intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury in the case involving his seven-month-old son. Bullard was eventually convicted in 2010 on lesser charges of felony child abuse and involuntary manslaughter. 

Bullard served time and remains on probation. 

No charges were filed in Friday's incident case.

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  • monami Dec 30, 10:20 a.m.

    This child was placed with a man who killed his child previously and who has committed child abuse subsequent to his prison term.

    BRILLIANT. Neither parent should have custody of this child; he should be placed in a foster home. Let's see how CPS handles this. They have been made aware, thanks to Bryan Mims making this information public.

  • itsmyownopinion Dec 30, 9:47 a.m.

    OK -- after all this "mess" the child is in the custody of the father, a convicted felon for child abuse?

  • djofraleigh Dec 27, 7:37 p.m.

    Mother flees an argument with live in lover, with her baby in the early morning hours to neighbor's house, but is chased and 'foreced' into a car by boyfriend...yes, call police and yes issue amber alert.

  • djofraleigh Dec 27, 7:34 p.m.

    The mother doesn't need to have custody again of that child.
    She is going to allow anything and everything to happen, get upset, then forget it.

  • sunshine1040 Dec 27, 6:59 p.m.

    Sounds like mother needs to be charged with filing false complaints. The kid is bi racial or maybe even triracial.

  • mafiamic Dec 27, 6:54 p.m.

    OLDEST FIRST NEWEST FIRST
    R U CRAZY TOO DEC 27, 6:09 P.M.
    Am I reading this wrong? Sounds like the mother had the child all the time. Why was Amber Alert used and who called the alert in?

    KRISANDBRUISER DEC 27, 3:03 P.M.
    mafiamic, what the heck are you talking about? I think you need to reread the story and comments. Ain't no one here talking about braves, redskins etc.

    The story and reporter says "Native" American...I was clarifying that there was NO such thing as "NATIVE Americans" for if you know your history,Indians were called indians,tribesman,braves warriors redskins,they were not allowed to be Americans,because the whiteman as they called them took their land away from them and forced them to live in reservations so the white man can make this land their own.
    Indians were and still are according to many a MINORITY.
    That is what I was talking about for Politically correctness only came about within the last 10-15 years because everyone wanted to hop on the bandwagon.

  • r u crazy too Dec 27, 6:09 p.m.

    Am I reading this wrong? Sounds like the mother had the child all the time. Why was Amber Alert used and who called the alert in?

  • krisandbruiser Dec 27, 3:03 p.m.

    mafiamic, what the heck are you talking about? I think you need to reread the story and comments. Ain't no one here talking about braves, redskins etc.

  • mypookie1 Dec 27, 2:58 p.m.

    Just be glad the little one is safe!!!


    My Pookie 1

  • Obamacare for America Dec 27, 2:05 p.m.

    mafiamic, the kid is Native American now will you calm down please.

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