A 4-month old baby girl abducted from an Orangeburg County home was safely returned to her parents Tuesday night after being found on the side of a road in Berkeley County.
The baby was found in the area off Highway S.C. 311 southeast of Holly Hill. Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies said the baby was returned to her home unharmed. The names of the victims have not been released.
Holly Hill Police said the father told them some unknown men entered the home some time before 4 p.m. Tuesday. The father said the men assaulted him and fled the scene with the baby with intentions of demanding a ransom.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on the incident:
“Our investigation indicates seven unknown males with guns forced their way into the residence on Catamount Road forcing three adults and six juveniles to the floor. One of the gunmen struck a 52-year-old woman in the head with a gun while she was protecting her grandson.”
Holly Hill Police originally reported it was four males that entered the residence.
Orangeburg County deputies were preparing to send out an Amber Alert when someone spotted the 4-month-old on the side of S.C. 311.
Police remain on the lookout for a red Chevrolet Impala and a green Ford Explorer. They said the suspects could possibly be armed and dangerous.
“This is an ongoing investigation and evidence at this time indicates that this was not a random act of violence. We will locate the cowards who entered the residence and snatched an innocent child from their family and later discarded the helpless child on the side of a road. We are continuing to interview witnesses, collect evidence, and will be working with all available resources to bring these individuals back to Orangeburg County to stand for the charges they have committed against this family,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Updated 2 p.m. Jan. 14 to add new information from the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.