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Deputies: Four arrested after mother attacked with bat, toddler kidnapped

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Sherri Lane in Liberty. (12/5/17 FOX Carolina) Sherri Lane in Liberty. (12/5/17 FOX Carolina)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said Friday that four people had been arrested and charged with kidnapping and other offenses after a woman was attacked and a 3-year-old was taken from a Liberty home on Tuesday.

Pickens County deputies said the incident happened near a driveway within a mobile home park located on Sherri Lane in Liberty around 9 p.m.. 

Deputies said they learned that multiple people in two vehicles had involved in the assault and had fled the scene with the child victim.

Witnesses told deputies the people from the vehicles attacked the mother while she was holding the child and took the child by force. A neighbor who came to the mother's aid was also attacked, deputies said.

Arrest warrants state a bat and other personal weapons were used in the attack.

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Early Wednesday morning, the Sheriff's office said the child was located with her biological father, safe and unharmed. Detectives brought in DSS to intervene and provide a temporary safe haven for the child pending additional investigation and intervention by Family Court.

Deputies said Friday that the child victim's paternal grandmother, the grandmother's boyfriend, and two friends had been identified as suspects and charged.

Stephanie Lynn Hopkins, 39, the grandmother, was charged wit kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnapping, and two counts of assault and battery first degree.

Steven Trotter, 37, the boyfriend was charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnapping, and one count of assault and battery first degree.

Ethan Esuary, 20, and Bridget Esuary, 40, the friends, were both charged with kidnapping and assault and battery first degree.

Warrants state Hopkins and Trotter used a jail phone to conspire to kidnap the child. That phone call was recorded.

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