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6-day-old Pitt County boy found safe after Amber Alert

Posted April 30, 2012 5:31 p.m. EDT
Updated May 1, 2012 5:58 a.m. EDT

Amber Alert

— A 6-day-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert Monday afternoon has been found safe with his mother at a relative's home in Pitt County, authorities said.

Pitt County Sheriff's investigators said Kayden Chavis was abducted by his mother, 30-year-old Jessica Chavis.

WNCT reported that investigators said custody of the baby was given to the Department of Social Services, and Chavis fled with the baby Saturday night when deputies and social workers arrived to take him. Investigators said Chavis has a history of mental illness, but they did not give details.

An Amber Alert was issued around 5:15 p.m. Monday and canceled shortly after 9 p.m. after a viewer tip led authorities to find the baby.

Jessica Chavis was arrested and charged with misdemeanor child abuse following the alleged abduction, authorities said. The Pitt County District Attorney's Office will review the case Tuesday and could file more charges.