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Spartanburg Co. deputies make arrest in kidnapping case

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Cynthia Birmingham (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office) Cynthia Birmingham (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) -

Spartanburg County deputies said they are investigating the kidnapping of a child Thursday night.

Deputies said the mother was picking up her two children, ages 1 and 3, in the parking lot of Restoration Church at Waccamaw. They said while the mother was putting her 3-year-old in the car, a friend of hers, who was also at the church, grabbed the 1-year-old and left.

According to the incident report, the mother of the child worked with the suspect and only knew her as Sylvia. While getting her second child out of the classroom, the other woman drove off with her car and the younger child, according to the report and warrants.

Deputies said the suspect was arrested and identified as Cynthia Birmingham, 28, of Spartanburg.

The warrants said Birmingham stole someone else's 1993 Chevrolet Blazer from the parking lot and kidnapped the victim's infant child.

Deputies said Birmingham was charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of grand larceny valued between $2,000 and $10,000.

FOX Carolina was the only station there for Birmingham's bond hearing Friday. Her bond was set at $30,000 and the judge ordered no contact between Birmingham and the victim and for her to stay away from Restoration Church.

During the hearing, Birmingham began crying when the judge said she could face up to 30 years in prison. She apologized when the judge asked if she had any questions.

Investigators said about 30 minutes after the child was taken, they were notified that a child was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Dorman Centre Wal-Mart in Spartanburg, which turned out to be the child that was taken.

The mother of the child told FOX Carolina that the baby suffered hypothermia and was treated at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

The mother said she had worked with Birmingham for a little over a week, was willing to give her a ride home and just thought she had wandered off when she couldn't find her at the church. She said she thought Birmingham got scared and couldn't go through with the kidnapping.

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