NEWBERRY, SC - NEWBERRY, SC (WCSC/WIS/AP) - Authorities have arrested three women in connection to a Tenn. child abduction, but they are still looking for the father of the 7-month-old. The baby was found safe Monday evening after a multi-state Amber Alert had been issued.
Ashlea Melynda Laughlin, Brooke Lashae Collins and an unnamed person were arrested Monday night in Miami by the Safe Streets Task Force, a law enforcement cooperative that connects federal agencies with local levels.
The State Law Enforcement Division canceled an Amber Alert in South Carolina for the missing 7-month-old Tennessee boy. Authorities say the missing boy was found at his grandmother's house in Miami.
According to SLED, Drake Kingston Boyd was found Monday afternoon, but the suspect, 35-year-old David Jackson remains at large along with three women, Brooke Lashae Collins, Ashley Mclynda Laughlin and a woman only known at this time by the nickname of "Bunny."
Boyd was taken at about 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee.
"I tried my hardest to get the baby out of the car; I blocked them in and they then; he jumped in my car to get the car from blocking them and then the girls assaulted me and drug me out of the car by my hair so I couldn't save the baby," said Anne Boyd, the missing boy's mother.
Police are looking Jackson, a 6'2" black male. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Jackson is the baby's father.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office says there were at least three unidentified women who took part in the kidnapping. According to the TBI, the suspects stole the mother's vehicle, a 1999 Dodge Intrepid. They were also driving a white Chrysler Sebring 4-door with a possible Florida license plate.
According to Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster, the South Carolina Highway Patrol found the Dodge Intrepid Monday morning, abandoned on Interstate 26 around 8 a.m. along the eastbound lanes.
Newberry County deputies launched a large-scale search near I-26 between mile markers 72 and 76. There had not been any sightings of the suspects or the missing 7-month-old boy before the boy was located in Miami.
David Jackson has a lengthy violent criminal history and is probably headed to Georgia or Florida, according to the TBI.