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Charge dropped against NC grandma accused of abducting her infant granddaughter

A charge for child abduction has been dropped against Shelley Heafner, 61, who was wanted for child abduction, after officials said she refused to return her infant grandchild to the child's mother.
A charge for child abduction has been dropped against Shelley Heafner, 61, who was wanted for child abduction, after officials said she refused to return her infant grandchild to the child's mother. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

A charge for child abduction has been dropped against a Lincoln County grandmother who was wanted early Tuesday for refusing to return her infant granddaughter to the child's mother.

Shelley Heafner, 62, had been babysitting 8-month-old Harmony Stanley since June 6, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Rebecca Stanley, the child's mother, called Lincoln County sheriff's officials Monday so they could assist her in picking up her daughter from Heafner.

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Harmony Stanley Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Stanley told Heafner the child's father, who was recently released from jail, would come with her, officials said.

That's when Heafner refused to turn Harmony over to her parents. The grandmother left the home before the parents or law enforcement officials could arrive, officials said.

A warrant was initially out for Heafner's arrest, but the charge was dropped Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

A Lincoln County judge also granted Heafner emergency custody of the infant, according to a release.

"The child is safe and still in the care of the grandmother," officials said.

LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS
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