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Police looking for missing Raeford sitter, baby

Posted May 26, 2009

— Hoke County investigators are searching for a Raeford girl who they say ran away from home with the infant she was babysitting.

Renesha Shante Griner, 17, took off early Saturday with 9-month-old Saniya Purcell, investigators said. It was not known Tuesday why Griner left with the infant.

They are thought to have traveled by Greyhound bus to Alabama or Georgia, investigators said.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is assisting in the search. An Amber Alert was not issued in the case because Purcell is not believed to be endangered, investigators said.


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  • HappyGirl08 May 27, 2009

    Is it her baby? Oh well, whatever the case--I hope they are found safe.

  • tooblessed May 27, 2009

    When they interviewed the mother last night, It was crazy that a teenager would ask if she could keep your child for two weeks and you say know, but you still allow your child to go with her. I just don't know if I would be that trusting; and to think the teenager is trying to convince her ex boyfriend that the baby is hers.

  • kbo80 May 27, 2009

    They are both minors and this is not an Amber Alert. That is just crazy. How is it decided on who she be considered Amber Alerts? Also, if this happened Saturday why is it just making it to WRAL on Wednesday? Who made that decision as well? I guess a nine month old being on a Greyhound without her parents is not important.

  • Roach May 27, 2009

    They are not giving us all of the facts in the story. The baby is probably a relative. Even still if she took her, and didn't tell anyone, it should be an Amber Alert.

  • UR1-N-ONLY May 27, 2009

    i agree with each one of you!!!! This is crazy she kidnapped this child that's an Amber Alert praying she returns home safely both of them.

  • ncpeanut May 26, 2009

    I can tell you from first-hand experience that the criteria for putting out an Amber Alert seriously needs to be looked at. I could go on for days about that subject. Seems to me that in this case, the lesson being taught is that you can kidnap children as long as you treat them well. Are you kidding me!!??

  • justafella May 26, 2009

    affirmativediversity, apperantly someone whom is not a parent, or guardian of childern. This is an Amber Alert situation.

  • affirmativediversity May 26, 2009

    This baby is with a 17 year old whose on the run AND "she's not thought to be in danger"???????

    Who made that pathetic decision?