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Police: Father without custody rights abducted deaf Upstate toddler, fled state

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Jerry Horton (Source: Mecklenburg Co. Detention) Jerry Horton (Source: Mecklenburg Co. Detention)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Gaffney Police Department said a 2-year-old girl is home safe after a parental abduction reported on July 1.

Officers were notified of the incident which occurred on Beech Street between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

According to the police report, a mother dropped her 2-year-old daughter off at an aunt's home, who said she had a doctor's appointment and then dropped the girl off at her grandmother's home.

When the mother returned to the home to pick up the child, she was missing. Police said the grandmother told her 45-year-old Jerry Horton, the girl's non-custodial father, showed up and sat on the porch with the child.

The grandmother said she had no knowledge of Horton taking the girl.

The mother called 911 to report the abduction and said the child is deaf but did not have her hearing aids with her.

A BOLO for the suspect was issued nationally and around 3 p.m., investigators said Horton's truck was located in Charlotte, unoccupied.

In the early-morning hours on July 2, police said a Gaffney detective and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Missing Persons Unit located Horton and the child.

The toddler was returned home safely and Horton was arrested.

He is currently being held at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center where he awaits extradition to South Carolina.

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