Crime & Courts

SC motorist and her infant found safe in Salisbury

Rowan County sheriff’s investigators said they found an S.C. motorist and her infant safe after searching for them for about 1 1/2 hours Thursday morning.

Deputies searched for the woman’s car after the woman stopped at a Love’s Travel Stop in Salisbury and witnesses said they believed she wanted to give the infant away, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said they arrived at the Love’s at 1105 Peeler Road within five minutes of being dispatched, but the woman had already driven away. The incident happened about 9 a.m.

Witnesses told deputies that the woman seemed impaired.

While the woman never asked anyone to take her baby, she implied that she needed to make some changes in her life, and that led the witnesses to believe she wanted someone to take the baby, the sheriff’s office said.

About 10:30 a.m., the woman entered the administration building at Catawba College in Salisbury with her infant and inquired about joining the U.S. armed services, investigators said.

Catawba College staff called 911 immediately because of the woman’s strange behavior, and emergency services workers and police soon arrived.

The infant was in good condition with no problems, and the woman will be evaluated by medical personnel, the sheriff’s office said.

The infant will be cared for by the county’s Department of Social Services until family members arrive and take custody of the baby, sheriff’s investigators said.

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