Police: 4-year-old taken from school by non-custodial mom

Blanchard (Source: Goose Creek Police)

Editor's note: This report was edited to remove the name of a second woman taken into custody. Court documents show charges against that person were dismissed.


GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Two women were arrested charged with a host of crimes after one of the women's children was taken from a Goose Creek school without permission.

According to Goose Creek police spokesperson Capt. John Grainger, 26-year-old Neely Blanchard and another woman were stopped about 30 minutes after they picked up Blanchard's child from Westview Primary School.

Police were told that the women did not have custody of the child so they set up patrols at all roads leading out of the city and put out a 'be on the lookout' alert. By 8:45 a.m., the women had been located by a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper near the 187 mile marker on westbound Interstate 26.

Blanchard 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.

Officials said the injuries are not life-threatening.

Police say the child is safe and back with her grandmother, who has legal custody. Because the matter was solved so quickly, an Amber Alert wasn't issued.

Officials at Berkeley County Schools issued a statement saying the child was safe.

"The child is safe and has been reunited with the custodial guardians. The school continues to follow its normal procedures to ensure the safety of the campus," the statement read.