UPDATE: A Hartsville woman accused of kidnapping her 5-year-old daughter from her grandmother’s custody was apprehended in Bishopville Thursday morning. According to authorities, and man wanted in connection with the kidnapping is still on the run. Capt. Andy Locklair of the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office said he is confident deputies will catch him. Officials say that Johnathan Smith, age 29, ran from a house in the Lucknow community in rural northwestern Lee County when deputies apprehended the girl’s mother, Kimberly Steen. An Amber Alert was issued yesterday for Justice Alexanda Deja Peterson who was found safe in Lee County on Wednesday afternoon.
Deputies are using bloodhounds to search for Smith.
Darlington County officials were looking for 5-year-old Justice Alexandra Deaja Peterson, believed to be with 25-year-old Kimberly Ann Steene, the girl’s biological mother, who is still being sought. Steene does not have custody of the child. Deputies were called to a home in Hartsville around 8:30 Wednesday morning where the grandmother reported that the child had been taken by Steen.
Steene is a white female, and is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 98 pounds and having long red hair. Officials say that it’s possible Steene is accompanied by 23-year-old Jovan Lamar McCoy. The only description of the vehicle is that of a dark-colored SUV.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Steene is asked to call Darlington County Captain William Locklair at 843-398-4501 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.