SUMMERVILLE — Robert Briggs of Summerville woke Thursday morning and found his 2-year-old great-granddaughter missing from her bed.
Briggs said his 19-year-old granddaughter Megan Marie Briggs, Haley’s biological mother, took the girl in the night.
He said he noticed Haley missing about 7:30 a.m. and the State Law Enforcement Division issued an Amber Alert about 11 a.m. Briggs said a digital camera, $20 from his wallet and 2003 Buick Century also were taken.
Authorities found mother and daughter shortly before 1 p.m. in Haywood County, N.C., about 25 miles west of Asheville, Summerville police Capt. Jon Rogers said.
“Everybody’s OK,” Rogers said of the pair being found unharmed.
Briggs said Megan likely was headed to her biological father, who lives in that area. He said he would have done anything he could to stop her from taking Haley.
Briggs and his wife Mary Jane Briggs adopted Megan at an early age. The couple contacted the Department of Social Services about their great-granddaughter.
“They said to me, either take (Haley) or we’re putting her in foster care, so we took her,” Briggs said of him and his wife taking custody.
Briggs said he grew frustrated with Megan’s behavior and recently kicked her out of the family’s home.
“I honestly couldn’t take it,” Briggs said. “Megan knows right from wrong. She just chooses to do what she chooses to do.”
Megan will face charges of first- degree burglary, kidnapping and grand larceny, Rogers said.
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