Authorities mull punishment for parents who fled with child


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say two North Carolina parents violated a court order by fleeing to Montana with a child who was supposed to be under state supervision.

Eight-month-old John Eastlack was found unharmed with his parents in a Montana hotel Sunday. An Amber Alert had been issued accusing Penny Dianne Worthy and Chad Douglas Eastlack of abducting him.

Randolph County, North Carolina, Sheriff Robert Graves said Monday that social services had taken custody of the boy in May. Graves said a judge returned the boy to the mother under supervision, but social services workers lost contact with them.

Authorities are considering charging the parents. Andy Gregson, a prosecutor in Randolph County, said taking the child appears to be a civil — and not criminal — matter, but the judge could hold the couple in contempt for violating the order.

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