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Police: Child returned to guardian after biological mother turns herself in

Investigators said the suspect took her 8-year-old son in September in violation of a court order and visitation rights.

SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. — The Sumter County Sheriff's Office says that a situation that nearly became a kidnapping investigation has ended with a biological mother in custody and a child back in the arms of a legal guardian.

According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, the child was initially taken by his biological mother, Jessica Peebles in September.

In a recent update, the sheriff's office said this was against a court order and in violation of visitation rights. However, investigators later upgraded the charges against Peebles to kidnapping as she hadn't made contact with the child's guardian.

The sheriff's office said that the mother's refusal to come forward or return the child was being investigated as a criminal act and they urged her to surrender the child to the lawful guardian and turn herself in.

The sheriff's department confirmed on Friday that she had done exactly that. The sheriff's office said that the kidnapping charge wasn't served "at the discretion of law enforcement based on the best interest of the child."

She instead faces a charge of custodial interference.

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