Conway police located a 3-year-old boy abducted Monday by extended family members, Lt. Selena Small said.
Officers were searching for Elijah Angel Levie, 3, who is described as being 3-feet tall and weighing 35 pounds with black hair and blue eyes, until about 2:20 p.m. Small said. Police located Levie safe in Myrtle Beach and continue to investigate the “details and circumstances surrounding the abduction,” Small said.
When Zachariah Bay, Levie’s father, learned police located his son, he excitedly ran out to his car with a car seat to retrieve his son.
“It’s too much to take in at one time,” Bay said. “It’s just overwhelming.”
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Police said extended family members forced their way into the house and took Levie around noon Monday.
“They came into my house, kicked in my door and a man said he had a gun,” Bay said. “I went to grab my child and one of the men put his hand behind his back and threatened me.”
Just before 12 p.m. Monday, officers were called to Temple Street for a child that was taken by force from a home, Small said. The child was last seen in a 2000s model green Toyota Camry leaving Conway and possibly headed towards S.C. 90 to Little River area.
Conway police Chief Reggie Gosnell said police are working with the extended family to get the child back home.
“We’ve been in contact with the extended family members and are trying to get them to bring the child back,” he said.
Two Hispanic men and a Hispanic woman are believed to be in the vehicle with the child and Small said they could be armed with a handgun.
Bay, Levie’s father, said he returned from Indianapolis yesterday where he was saying goodbye to an uncle dying of cancer. Bay’s fiancee’s mother and brother called Bay earlier Monday and threatened to take the child, Bay said.
Bay was feeding Levie and “trying to put him down for a nap” when the extended family members forced their way into the home around noon, Bay said.
He also said Levie is autistic and probably confused, but not scared since he’s with people he knows.
“This is all too much,” Bay said. “I just want my son back.”
Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or on Twitter @tonyaroot.