Police in Bryson City said crews are searching the Tuckasegee River after getting reports that a man had thrown a child from a bridge.
Assistance Police Chief Brian Jenkins said officers took the report around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday from a woman who said the incident had taken place across from her home.
The witness said a white SUV stopped on the bridge and a man and a woman inside were fighting.
The man then reportedly tossed a young girl, believed to be around six years old, into the water.
The witness could hear the child screaming for help, Jenkins said.
"They threw her into the river and they sped off and after that is when I ran in and had my husband call 911," the witness said.
Jenkins said officers began searching the river Tuesday night and they had to stop Wednesday morning for weather. Additional searches are planned along a ten-mile stretch of river and in the lake downstream.
So far, search crews have found no sign of the child.
Police are checking with local schools to try and determine who the child might be.
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