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Missing Hoke County child found safe; mother charged

Posted February 7, 2009

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— Authorities have canceled an Amber Alert for a Hoke County girl who went missing from her father's home in Raeford Friday night.

Officials said that Chelsey Lynn Bell was found in the early hours of Saturday and was safe. The Amber Alert for Chelsey was canceled around 1:30 a.m.

Chelsey had last been seen at her father's house on Mockingbird Lane with her alleged abductor – her mother, Michelle Hardin, 35. A white man and teenage boy were also reportedly traveling with them, but authorities have not said who they believe those people are.

Hoke County jail officals said Hardin was brought in at about 4:30 a.m. and is charged with abduction of children. She was being held Saturday afternoon under a $5,000 bond.

Officials with the Hoke County Sheriff's Office said they were still investigating the incident and did not release any more details about the case.

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  • FromClayton Feb 9, 2009

    Her mom probably asked her to go with her and she did. I'm 27 and if my mom asked me to go with her, i would. It's probably one of those sad situations where the court and the law has failed a family.

  • ConcernedNCC Feb 9, 2009

    From the picture, Chelsea looks adult-sized. What did her mother do, put a gun on her?