Police have arrested two suspects, after a search for a missing South Carolina boy ended with his safe return on Monday night, according to WHNS.
Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Deputies said Trandon McWatters, 11, (pictured right) was last seen near his Joanna home at noon on Monday. Police were notified about the child’s disappearance around 4:10 p.m.
Deputies announced that McWatters was safely located around 7:20 that evening. Sheriff Don Reynolds also revealed that two distant relatives, Mark Thomas Conner and Connie Baker-Felker (pictured top, bottom left), were arrested in connection with the incident.
Reynolds said the boy’s grandmother was watching him when Conner and Baker-Felker drove by the residence and abducted the boy, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. He also noted that the pair were under the influence of marijuana at the time.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) later took custody of McWatters after police searched his home, where he had been living with his grandmother. Reynolds alleged that the residence was covered in feces and was home to about a dozen animals. She could be charged with child endangerment, according to WSPA.
“Unless there are drastic changes made, he doesn’t need to be back in that house,” Reynolds told reporters.
Conner is facing breach of peace, possession of marijuana or hash, and driving under suspension charges. Baker-Felker was charged with possession of marijuana or hash. WHNS reported that Deputies also charged the pair with unlawful conduct toward a child.
Conner and Baker-Felker are being held on bond. It’s currently unknown how exactly the suspects and the victim are related to one another.
[Featured Image: Laurens County Sheriff’s Office]