4-month-old subject of AMBER Alert found safe in Lumberton, sheriff’s office officials say

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UPDATE (WSPA) – Bladen County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed a 4-month-old girl who was abducted from a daycare facility Monday in Bladen County, has been found safe and her mother has been arrested.

Maj. Larry Guyton said the child, Lounnisha Askew, was found safe in Lumberton, N.C. at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Her mother, Juanita Askew, was arrested and charged with abduction of a child. She is currently being held at the sheriff’s office.

Guyton said members of Juanita Askew’s family came forward to help get the child back and convinced her to give them Lounnisha. The family members and Juanita Askew arranged a time and place to meet, and undercover officers were there and took Juanita Askew into custody.

According to Guyton, the child was checked out by EMS crews at the scene and was brought back to the sheriff’s office, where she was then turned over and is now in DSS custody.


BLADENBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – An AMBER Alert has been issued for a 4-month old girl who authorities say was abducted from a daycare facility Monday in Bladen County.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Lounnisha Renee Askew was taken from a daycare near Bladenboro Monday evening by Juanita Renee Askew, 22, of Whiteville.

According to a news release, Juanita Askew, 22, is the child’s mother and non-custodial parent who went to the day care, grabbed the child and fled.

Lounnisha Askew was last seen wearing a green and pink onesie with circle designs. She has a surgical scar on her abdomen and needs special foods and care due to a birth defect.

The child also has a cyst over her right eye and a red birthmark on the back of her head.

Juanita Askew is considered dangerous with violent tendencies and abrupt mood swings, according to the release. Warrants are on file for her arrest on child abduction charges.

According to the news release, Juanita Askew is described as being 5-foot-2 inches tall, weighs around 196 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black and white T-shirt with black leggings.

Juanita Askew was last seen in a black two-door sedan with 30-day tags. Her direction of travel is unknown.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the closest law enforcement agency or the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960, or call 911 of *HP.

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