LANCASTER, SC (FOX 46) - The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office arrested a local man Tuesday after they said he abducted a 3-year-old boy.
Deputies said they were called to a home Tuesday located at 1148 Woodland Drive for a welfare check which led to a report of an abducted child and the issuance of an Amber Alert.
According to the sheriff's office, the boy was found unharmed with Antonio Demarcus Cunningham, 29, a short time later and the Amber Alert was canceled.
Deputies said the child’s mother and Cunningham have been in a relationship and lived at the Woodland Drive home. According to the mother, they argued Monday night, and Cunningham would not let her leave the home.
At some point she was able to escape the home without the child, and Cunningham fired a weapon at her. The bullet struck her but did not cause life threatening injuries. The mother returned to the home for her child, and Cunningham again would not let her leave.
The mother again was able to escape the home and went to a nearby home for help. Deputies were dispatched at approximately 1:20 p.m. Tuesday and learned that Cunningham had left the home with the child in the mother’s white Honda. The Amber Alert was issued.
A sheriff’s office crisis negotiator got Cunningham’s phone number and made contact with him. During the conversation Cunningham arranged for the child to be picked up by relatives on Meeting Street.
Deputies and investigators located the car on Paladin Road and spotted Cunningham nearby. He was taken into custody without incident after a brief foot chase. He has been transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center.