Trucker Helps Save Kidnapped North Carolina Toddler

The kid was kidnapped from his grandmother who had custody by his mentally ill (drug user) mother. In the course of the crime the mother, 26-year-old Laura Ann Marsh, beat the grandmother with a pipe. An Amber Alert was issued and a eagle eyed trucker was able to  find the deranged woman and lead officers to her:

GASTONIA, N.C. – An unknown truck driver helped Highway Patrol troopers rescue a 2-year-old boy early Friday morning who had been violently kidnapped by his mentally ill mother in Georgia, according to warrants.

A truck driver heading across the state line into North Carolina on I-85 spotted the Georgia mother and alerted authorities at 12:36 a.m. Friday while in Cleveland County and troopers were able to stop the woman at 12:46 a.m. just before mile marker 13 in Gaston County, according to the Highway Patrol.

The truck driver recognized the car and license plate from an Amber Alert. The boy was taken into custody by Gaston County Department of Social Services and the mother went to Gaston County Jail.

And he didn’t even stick around for accolades. My kind of hero. Who knows what Laura Ann Marsh was planning on doing with that helpless child.

Here’s an interesting note. Marsh is supposedly schizophrenic and bi-polar but she went to lock up, not a hospital. Maybe they do things differently in North Carolina but it sounds to me like the authorities think she’s sane. Faking an illness or a chronic pot smoker?


2 Responses to “Trucker Helps Save Kidnapped North Carolina Toddler”

  1. Evan Will on July 1st, 2011 3:32 pm

    Super program this amber alert – they should probably roll it out for bank robbers and thieves too…

  2. DodiaFae on July 2nd, 2011 12:21 am

    It’d be good to have similar programs for other criminal activity, but I think it’s important to keep the Amber Alert focus on missing children.

    It really is a great program.

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