Clarendon County, SC (WLTX) -- Clarendon County Sheriff, Randy Garrett says it took a team effort to find a two year old boy who deputies say was abducted by his father.
"It took the community to care, to be involved, to hope and pray that it would be a good outcome and it took everyone out there working together," said Sheriff Garrett.
He adds despite working long hours searching for the 2 year old boy, law enforcement would not stop until he was found.
"They made pallets on the ground, they slept in the back of pickup trucks; they would not leave," said Garrett. "It was about the child and that is what motivated us, we were not going to give up. Our job was to take that child back to his mother."
As a father himself, Garrett said being able to reunite a mother with her son was unforgettable.
"I don't think there is a greater gift that anyone can give - and that's to hand a child back to a mother. It was an extreme pleasure to watch that moment in that hospital."
Garrett says the community played a major role in helping to find the child, who deputies say was abducted by his father.
"Their resources to us were unlimited, to aid us and we had that."
The boy's father, Brandon Dubose, fled into an area of the county that Garrett was unfamiliar with, but with concerned residents who lived in the area offering their help, they ultimately found the two year old and took his father into custody.
"We had the farmers out there and people that live in that area that were able to tell us what was here and where the swamp goes and all of that."