The Waynesville Police Department responded to the report of a child abduction from Frazier Street Thursday afternoon.
The initial calls indicated the suspect vehicle was being pursued by another vehicle driven by the child’s father who is the custodial parent. The non-law enforcement involved pursuit came to a conclusion on I-40 near Exit 24, when the vehicle driven by the abducted child’s father blocked the path of the suspect vehicle, resulting in the entire interstate being temporarily shut down.
A third vehicle being driven by another family member was also involved in the incident. The driver of the third vehicle admitted to discharging a firearm into the air at the scene in what was described as a warning shot. No one was injured as a result of the firearm being discharged.
The three adult females in the suspect vehicle were taken into custody at the scene and were charged with Abduction of a Child N.C.G.S 14-41. The abduction of a child investigation continues with the possibility of additional charges being filed in the future.
All three suspects are being held in the Haywood County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. The involved child was unharmed in the incident and was returned to family.