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Child Cruelty Arrest in Echols


On Sunday, June 21 at approximately 7:45 p.m. Deputies with the Echols County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Carter Road after receiving a report about a car parked in a garage that did not belong there.


  The resident’s son went up to the vehicle and discovered that a 6 year old child had been left in the vehicle. The son also discovered that his father’s 1994 GMC pickup had been stolen. 


 Deputies believe the six year old had been left in the car without food or water more than eight hours since approximately 10:45 a.m. that morning. The windows were rolled halfway down and the child was distraught and upset when he was discovered.


 The child that was left at the residence told Deputies that his mother stole the truck and he didn’t want to go with her because he didn’t feel she was doing the right thing.


 The mother took the boy’s twin brother with her in the truck. After further investigations, Deputies learned that the truck owner’s dog jumped into the back of the truck when it left.


 The Sheriff’s Office alerted surrounding agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was also entered into a national database and initiated a search.


 At approximately 9:20 a.m. on Monday morning, an Echols County Citizen reported seeing the stolen truck less than a quarter a mile from the residence from where it was stolen. Deputies in the area were able to stop the vehicle and retrieve the child, the mother and the dog. The vehicle had sustained some damage.


 On June 22 Bettie Mae Manfield, 32, of Labelle, FL was transported to the Lowndes County Jail and booked for felony theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of felony cruelty to children.

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