AMBER ALERT: 3-month-old North Carolina girl disappears as parents are wanted on child abuse charges

An AMBER ALERT was issued early Wednesday for an endangered 3-month-old girl last seen in Clyde, North Carolina.

WHNS reports that the child’s parents are wanted on felony child abuse charges in North Dakota and allegedly fled Haywood County on Tuesday. Deputies believe Rex Douglas Cochran Jr., 39, and Heather Cochran, 31, left with their daughter, 3-month-old Cali Marie Cochran, after an emergency custody order was put in place.

“Based on the standing court order it is safe to assume the child could be in danger, and where they’re going and who they’re with,” Public Information Officer Lindsay Regner told WLOS.

Authorities said the Department of Social Services (DSS) was investigating the family and determined the infant should be placed in protective custody. DSS discovered Cali was gone when returning with a court order to take her.

Deputies noted that the couple had three of their other children taken away in North Dakota before Tuesday’s incident.

The Department of Public Safety said they are possibly traveling to Ocala, Florida, or Valdosta, Georgia, in a blue 2001 Ford Mustang or gray 1999 GMC Suburban K1500 with North Dakota tag 489AWH. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tweeted Wednesday that the AMBER ALERT was extended to South Carolina.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tweeted Wednesday that the AMBER ALERT was extended to South Carolina.

Police say Rex is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 185 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair.

Heather is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 120 pounds, and having brown hair and green eyes. Deputies say she has a tattoo on the right side of her neck that says “Faith.”

Cali is 20 inches tall, 10 pounds, and has brown hair. Authorities mentioned that the infant may have a medical condition that requires medication.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this abduction is urged to call the Haywood County Sheriff`s Office at 828-452-6666, 828-452-6600 or call 911 or *HP.

[Featured Image: North Carolina Department of Public Safety]