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Amber Alert canceled after 4-month-old Bladen County girl found safe in Lumberton

Posted July 16, 2019 4:26 a.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2019 6:21 p.m. EDT

— An Amber Alert has been canceled after a missing 4-month-old girl was found safe in Lumberton, authorities said

The missing child alert was issued about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, raising questions why the statewide notification was not issued sooner because the infant was taken Monday night, the Bladen County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities said the child, identified as Lonnisha Renee Askew, had been placed in a foster home in Bladen County under custody of the Columbus County social services department.

Her mother, Juanita Renee Askew, 22, went to Lonnisha’s day care Monday evening, took Lonnisha and fled, the sheriff’s office said.

Bladen County sheriff’s investigators said family members convinced mother Juanita Renee Askew to surrender the child, who was turned over to Bladen deputies on Tuesday afternoon.

Juanita Renee Askew

Askew and an unidentified male friend were found at a bus depot In Lumberton and were returned to the Bladen County sheriff.

Askew was charged with felony abduction of a child.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, *HP or the Bladen County Sheriff's Office at 910-862-6960.