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Amber Alert issued for S.C. sisters after mother stabbed

Posted February 19, 2009 11:47 p.m. EST
Updated February 20, 2009 1:36 p.m. EST

Amber Alert

— Authorities issued a North Carolina Amber Alert late Thursday for two missing sisters whose father might be taking them to Monroe in Union County or Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina authorities said they believe Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 29, stabbed his common-law wife, Diane Madisol Trejo, 22, in the neck and hands during a fight at a Lancaster County home Thursday evening.

Deputies came to the home after a neighbor called 911 around 8:15 p.m.

Trejo was flown to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia and was in critical but stable condition. She suffered a 2 ½ to 3 inch-long stab wound on her neck.

Authorities say Reyes-Campos then took their children, 1-year-old Destiny and 3-year-old Melanie Reyes, along with a 5-year-old boy Gerado Hurto.

Officials reported Friday morning that they found the boy safe, but Lancaster County authorities later declined to confirm that.

Destiny Reyes is a white/Hispanic girl, about 2 feet tall and 25 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Melanie Reyes is a 3-year-old white/Hispanic girl, about 3 feet tall and 45 pounds.

Authorities said they originally thought Reyes-Campos headed to Monroe, N.C., but now think he went south toward Columbia, S.C. He may be driving a 1992, tan Isuzu Rodeo with South Carolina tag BJD-238.

Reyes-Campos is described as a white/Hispanic man, standing 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Deputies warned that Reyes-Campos is considered armed and dangerous. Members of the public should use extreme caution if they see him and call 911 immediately.

Reyes-Campos' criminal record in South Carolina dates to 1996 and includes arrests for drunken driving, public drunkenness, domestic violence and cocaine possession.

Reyes-Campos, who is in the country illegally, was deported to Mexico in September, according to Lancaster Sheriff's Maj. David Belk. Authorities did not know he had returned to the U.S., Belk said.

Anyone with information should call Lt. Brown with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division immediately at 803-896-7133, or call 911 or *HP (*47) on cell phones.