LAURINBURG, NC UPDATE:
After nearly 24 hours of investigation across multiple agencies and searching for the mother and infant believed to be missing, authorities have said it’s a hoax and so far one person has been arrested. Upon conclusion of the investigative interviews, “…. there was not a woman named April Morrison or missing infant child at any point.”
(WTVD) reported update:
A woman and her infant believed to be missing and in danger in Scotland County have been found safe, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said Friday night.
This was all a ploy to try to obtain money from donations, said Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jessica Sadonikov.
A woman, Danilla Bethea, has been arrested.
Bethea is being taken to the Scotland County Jail.
The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a missing woman and her infant daughter who investigators say they believe to be in danger.
The sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigation Unit posted the call for help on its Facebook page shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of a missing person/child.
At this time, the investigation remains in the very early infancy stages as we seek to collect and gather information.
The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, is in search of a Hispanic female known as, April Morrison. April is a Hispanic female, possibly Puerto Rican or similar, and speaks both English and Spanish. April was reported to have arrived in the Richmond County area, approximately 8 months pregnant. April gave birth to a female infant child recently, and the infant is believed to be in danger and not in the care of her mother. The agency has not positively identified the infant, and has reasonable suspicion that April is operating under an alias. April was believed to be staying in local motels or hotels, between Richmond County, Scotland County and Fayetteville, NC.
If you have any information pertaining to the whereabouts of “April Morrison” and her female infant child approximately 2-3 weeks old, please contact our office immediately. Your report can be anonymous if you wish. April is reported currently as possibly being deceased or having been removed from the Scotland County and or Richmond County Area possibly under fear or coercion.
This afternoon in a press conference update Scotland Co. Sheriff Office confirmed the baby was given an alias of “Leann Morrison” and believed to last be seen alive in Laurinburg, NC. “We know for a fact that the mother and child have been separated,” said Scotland County Sheriff’s Lt. Jessica Sadonikov. There’s also belief the mother may be dead but that has not yet been confirmed.
FOX10 Phoenix stream of Press Conference
Investigators said Morrison has been staying in local motels and hotels between Richmond County, Scotland County, and Fayetteville.
There are no photos available for release of the mother, April Morrison, but a sketch was expected to be released by 7pm today.
An amber alert is imminent and in process of national release. NCMEC is now involved to aide the agency with resources.
If you have any information pertaining to the whereabouts of “April Morrison” and her female infant child approximately 2-3 weeks old, please contact our office immediately at 910-266-4332 Ext 4. Your report can be anonymous if you wish. April is reported currently as possibly being deceased or having been removed from the Scotland County and or Richmond County Area possibly under fear or coercion.