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Police: 3 women charged in abduction of girl at Waynesville bus stop

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Rissa DeBello (L), Marissa Samples (Center), Mandi Black (R). (Source: WPD) Rissa DeBello (L), Marissa Samples (Center), Mandi Black (R). (Source: WPD)
WAYNESVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Waynesville Police Department said charges were filed in a parental kidnapping incident on Thursday.

Police chief Bill Hollingsed said the incident occurred at a bus stop on Frazier Street. Hollingsed said a 7-year-old girl was getting off the bus when she was taken by her non-custodial parent, 28-year-old Mandi Black, her aunt, 31-year-old Rissa DeBello, and her grandmother, 54-year-old Marissa Samples.

The child's father witnessed her being taken and began to chase their vehicle, according to Hollingsed.

The pursuit continued to I-40 near Exit 24 where the vehicles pulled over on the side of the road and a physical altercation ensued, the chief said. According to the incident report, the incident resulted in the entire interstate being temporarily shut down.

Officers said the driver of a third vehicle operated by another family member approached the scene and discharged a firearm in the air. No one was injured in the incident.

Black, DeBellow and Samples were arrested and charged with abduction of a child. Investigators said additional charges could be filed in the future.

The Department of Social Services was contacted.

Hollingsed said the child is OK.

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