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Missing South Carolina child found safe, police say

Saturday morning's update had no specifics regarding where or how Zoye was found or if she was, in fact, still with her biological mother.

LANCASTER, S.C. — Lancaster Police released a positive update in the search for a missing child who was believed, at the time, to be with a parent who was not allowed to be in contact with her.

According to a statement released just before 9 a.m., Zoya Meredith had been found safe overnight. The department said an official statement would follow later with more details. 

The Lancaster Police Department said that 3-year-old Zoya had last been seen around 8:50 a.m. on Friday with her biological mother, 35-year-old Cherrica Nichole "Nikki" Meredith. Police said the mother was prohibited from having contact with the child.

In a later update, police confirmed that Zoya had been found around 2 a.m. in Fairfax, Virginia. The mother had also been arrested and is awaiting extradition back to Lancaster, South Carolina to face numerous charges.

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