An 18-hour manhunt for a 2-year-old boy abducted Monday afternoon by his father ended Tuesday shortly before 8 a.m. when law enforcement officials found the pair inside the sleeper compartment of a tractor-trailer off S.C. 261 between Nazarene Church and Panola roads in Sumter County.
Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett and Clarendon County Investigator Donnie Drose immediately transported the toddler to Clarendon Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor scrapes as well as insect bites and later released to his mother.
His father, Brandon Lee DuBose of Sumter, was taken into custody and transported to the Clarendon County Detention Center.
Garrett said DuBose faces multiple charges including failure to stop for blue light and siren and child endangerment. Garrett said it is too early in the investigation to determine all the various charges that will be filed against DuBose.
“He didn’t resist,” Garrett said at a 10:30 a.m. news conference at the CCSO. “He wasn’t going anywhere. Both sides of that truck were covered.”
Garrett said DuBose was currently out of jail in Sumter County on bond for allegedly assaulting his common law wife, the two-year-old’s mother.
“If they bond him out, he’ll do it again,” Garrett said. “Sumter County chased him for three days in the woods. Let him out and he’ll do it again.”
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