Mom who walked away from jail found in PA
PENNSYLVANIA (WCIV) -- The mother who was mistakenly released from the Berkeley County Detention Center last month was taken into custody in Pennsylvania.
Officials said a U.S. Marshals task force found 26-year-old Neely Blanchard and arrested her, but officials were not sure what part of the state she was in at the time.
Blanchard was mistakenly released from the detention center after bond revocation paperwork was not filed with the jail.
Online court records show Blanchard was released on bond in July, but it was revoked in November. However, the order was never filed in the jail and she was released from the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner on Wednesday.
Blanchard was awaiting trial on charges that she tried to remove her child from Westview School in May. Blanchard does not have legal custody of her 4-year-old.
Blanchard and another woman, 25-year-old Ferdauss Rahmatullah, were stopped about 30 minutes after they left the school with Blanchard's 4-year-old. They were headed west on Interstate 26 at the time, police said.
Blanchard also faces charges of trespassing, disturbing school, custodial interference, conspiracy to commit custodial interference, and unlawful possession of Schedule IV narcotics. Deputies said the narcotics charge stems from prescription pills Blanchard had.
They believe she was not legally allowed to have those pills, officials said.