A four-month old girl was abducted from a day care facility near Bladenboro on Monday afternoon by her mother who was not allowed unsupervised visits, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said late Monday night. The name of the facility was not given.
Authorities are searching for Juanita Renee Askew, 22, of Whiteville, who went to the day care and grabbed her daughter, Lonnisha Renee Askew, and fled, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker.
The child was in the custody of Columbus County Department of Social Services and had been placed in a foster home in Bladen County, a news release said.
Juanita Askew was last seen in a dark green, dark gray or black, two-door sedan with 30-day tags, McVicker said in a news release. It wasn’t known if Askew was alone.
Askew’s last known home address was 109 South Martin Luther King Avenue in Whiteville, according to the release.
Four-month-old Lonnisha was last seen wearing a green and pink “onesie” with circle designs, the Sheriff’s Office said. The child 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 should be considered dangerous and she has violent tendencies and abrupt mood swings, according to the release.
Call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 862-6960 if anyone knows where Juanita Askew or her daughter is or have seen them.
The news release said Juanita Askew could be anywhere in southeastern North Carolina or northeastern South Carolina.