A Seneca man and his three children, reported missing earlier this week after a court granted custody of the children to state child welfare officials, have been located, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said Wednesday afternoon.
David Mize and the children were found in a trailer on property in Salem, South Carolina, around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Mize, charged with three counts of custodial interference, was taken into custody without incident, Crenshaw said. He was being held at the Oconee County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon on a $15,000 surety bond.
The children, Acie, 7, Macie, 9, and Josie, 14, were in the care of the SC Department of Social Services, Crenshaw said.
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The children had been in the care of a temporary custodian on Monday, when their father allegedly
spirited them away after learning that a court had granted custody to the state child welfare agency.
No information was given about why state officials were granted custody of the three children.