A baby kidnapped by his own parents has been found safe in a hotel room 2,000 miles away from home, police said.
An Amber Alert had been issued last week for 8-month-old John Eastlack, who disappeared with his parents, Penny Worthy, 20, and Chad Eastlack, 35, according to North Carolina Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies.
The couple abducted the child after he was placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services, according to authorities.
Chad Eastlack stole a minivan and a handgun in connection with the kidnapping, the sheriff’s department said.
The stolen van was spotted in a Montana hotel parking lot early Sunday and Missoula police took the father into custody without incident, officials said. North Carolina authorities were in the process of arranging Eastlack’s transfer from Montana to North Carolina.
The child was placed in the custody of Montana social service workers until he can be placed with North Carolina child welfare officials, according to The Associated Press.
Eastlock was ordered held without bond on the firearm and vehicle charges. It was not clear whether Worthy had been charged.
She had regained custody of her son in May, child welfare authorities said, but Eastlack was allowed only supervised visits with the child.
Social services workers who went to check on the child Tuesday found the mother and son missing, North Carolina officials said. An Amber Alert was issued that day.