On March 4, 2018, North Carolina police are searching for two young children who were abducted by their mother late Saturday night. The children's paternal grandmother, Tanya Hunt, has been their legal caregiver for about a month per the agreement with the Department of Social Services (DSS).
"I went to grab the baby. She ran up on me, fist like this, with my granddaughter [under her arm] like 'don't touch her or watch what happens,'" Hunt told WRAL.
Police say Antoin Marsh, a 4-month-old boy, and Destiny Marsh, a 1-year-old girl, were taken by Catrina D. Lucas, their biological mother, late Saturday night. Lucas is described as a 20-year-old black female who lives on 6400 block of Winter Park Drive in Fayetteville, N.C.
Hunt said that she is sure her grandchildren are feeling uneasy and afraid since they haven't seen their mother regularly.
[Destiny] is a little bit more familiar about her mom because she's a little bit older but, as far as my grandson, I know the only thing he's doing right now is crying because he don't know who he's with," Hunt said. "I tried to warn DSS that she does this."
Hunt said that she's been the one purchasing baby wipes, diapers, bottles, high chairs, and all the necessities a baby needs. Her house indicates that these children had all their needs met and it also showed that these children would stay there long-term. Hunt even gave Destiny her own room.
"Who has clothes for those children? Who got milk for that baby. Who bought pampers? Wipes? Anything?" Hunt told WTVD.
"Because when she took them, my grandson had on a tank top t-shirt and sweatpants. No jacket. My granddaughter had on a t-shirt and sweatpants. No jacket. No car seats. So do I feel like it was planned? Yes." Hunt said.
Police say that these children need to be back home with their grandmother, but this situation didn't qualify for an Amber Alert since they don't believe the children are in immediate danger.
Lucas has been charged with two counts of child abduction, and it is believed that she is taking her kids to New York City. The Fayetteville Police Department is asking for your help. If you know where Lucas and the children are, please contact Detective J. Arnold with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-824-9539 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.
In addition to keeping your eyes peeled, please pray for these children and their safety. Also, please pray for Lucas in that she returns her children to their grandmother.
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