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Grandmother accused of kidnapping 3 boys transferred to Spartanburg Co. jail

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Left to right: Jushaun Hill, Jahleel Hill and Rashid Hill (Source: SCSO) Left to right: Jushaun Hill, Jahleel Hill and Rashid Hill (Source: SCSO)
Connie Sanders and 2005 Dodge Caravan (Source: SCSO) Connie Sanders and 2005 Dodge Caravan (Source: SCSO)
Connie Sanders (left) and back/license plate of van she left with children in (right) (Source: SCSO) Connie Sanders (left) and back/license plate of van she left with children in (right) (Source: SCSO)
Connie Sanders' Spartanburg County booking photo (Source: SCSO) Connie Sanders' Spartanburg County booking photo (Source: SCSO)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said a grandmother is in jail and three young boys are safe after a kidnapping scare.

Sheriff Chuck Wright said the suspect, 49-year-old Connie Littlejohn Sanders, drove her daughter and three grandchildren to Virginia College's campus on Highway 29 so her daughter, Sharita Richardson, could apply for school around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. While Richardson was inside, Wright said Sanders fled with the three boys.

The three children were identified as 7-year-old Jushaun Hill, 6-year-old Jahleel Hill and 8-year-old Rashid Hill.

"They need to be back with their mom," Wright said.

Richardson said she was inside the college for several hours while her mother and sons were outside with the vehicle running. She said her mother doesn't have a license or a cellphone.

"I would tell her she needs to bring me my boys back," Richardson said. "I would do anything for them. I just want my kids back, that's all."

Wright said Sanders was possibly seen last in Columbia, South Carolina around midnight. Richardson said she received a call from her stepfather in Columbia on Tuesday indicating her mother and the children were with him, but they have since left.

"Everybody that's maybe seeing this, you call your people from all over the state," Wright said. "Call them now."

Wright said warrants were signed charging Sanders with three counts of kidnapping. Deputies were originally working to activate an AMBER Alert for the children, but said the case did not meet the criteria since the children were seen safe by relatives after leaving Spartanburg.

Just before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Wright confirmed the boys were found safe in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and were determined to be in good health after receiving medical evaluations. Sanders was taken into custody and awaiting extradition back to Spartanburg County.

Sheriff Chris Francis with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said deputies got a call around 5:55 p.m. about a woman walking down the road in the Mt. Vernon community near Hwy 64. The boys were still in the van.

Francis said Sanders will remain in custody in Rutherford County on a fugitive warrant. She is currently being held in the Rutherford County Jail.

In a brief hearing on Thursday, Sanders said she understood the charges and knew she was being extradited. She waived her right to an attorney.

On Friday, Sanders was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center on three counts of kidnapping.

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