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Home  |  News  |  Sheriff on finding missing child: "There is not a greater feeling in the world."

Sheriff on finding missing child: "There is not a greater feeling in the world."
Tuesday, July 3, 2012


CLARENDON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 2-year-old child abducted by his father at a Clarendon County gas station on Monday has been checked out by medical personnel and safely returned to his family.

Sheriff Randy Garrett detailed the search and rescue of Brandon Dubose, II and the capture of his father, Brandon Dubose, Tuesday morning after a lengthy search for the pair.

Garrett says law enforcement officials received a tip from a local farmer that an ATV was stolen, and the track lead them to the ATV. That prompted investigators to search the area again where the pair were found.

State Law Enforcement Division investigators located Dubose and his son at a farm inside the cab of an 18-wheeler.

A clearly emotional Garrett described the moment when officials finally located the 2-year-old.

"I could stand up here all day and tell you what this feels like, but until Donny Droves put that 2-year-old boy in my pick-up truck and we got him to the hospital, there is not a greater feeling in the world," Garrett said.

According to Garrett, the 2-year-old was taken from a gas station at Raccoon Road and Highway 261 West around 1:30 p.m.

Garrett says the boy's 11-year-old sister tried to stop Dubose from getting her brother, but Dubose assaulted her and got away from the scene.

A short time later, a deputy spotted Dubose's vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. According to the deputy, when he approached the vehicle, he could hear the child screaming.

Dubose then yelled at the officer that he "was not going back to jail" and took off.

A pursuit ensued into Sumter County, where Dubose turned into a cornfield and exited the vehicle with the child.

Tuesday morning's capture of Dubose capped off several months of problems for the 2-year-old child and Dubose's common-law wife.

According to Garrett, Dubose beat his wife so badly in April that she had to be hospitalized. Dubose was then charged with criminal domestic violence.

The mother also took out a restraining order against Dubose, but Garrett says he continued to harass her through text messages saying that he would harm the child.

Garrett said Dubose would at least be charged with assault and failure to stop for blue light amongst other charges, but he also said he would "charge him with everything he can."

"That kind of man don't need to be walking the streets with us," Garrett said.

As for Dubose, he is currently being questioned by investigators.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/18940145/missing-2-year-old-found-safe-father-in-custody

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