The mother of a 4-year-old Westview Primary School student has been charged after police said she and another woman removed her daughter from the school this morning. A school employee, who was trying to prevent the pair from taking the child, was injured, according to police.
Neely Blanchard, 26, of Russellville, Ky., was charged with trespassing, disturbing school, custodial interference, conspiracy to commit custodial interference and unlawful possession of Schedule IV narcotics.
Another women, Ferdauss Rahmatullah, 25, of Jacksonville, Fla., was also charged in the case with trespassing, disturbing school, conspiracy to commit custodial interference and first-degree assault and battery.
The school employee that was hurt while trying to stop the car from driving away suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.
At about 8:15 a.m. Blanchard removed her daughter from Westview Primary School and departed the area in a black Mitsubishi convertible with a Florida license plate, police said.
Police detained the pair with the child after the S.C. Highway Patrol pulled over the car Blanchard was driving westbound on Interstate 26.
Investigators later verified that legal custody of the child had been granted to her paternal grandmother, police said.
Blanchard and Rahmatullah are expected in court Friday, and a judge is expected to set bail.
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