4 facing child abduction and abuse charges after 2 NC boys found safe

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – An Amber Alert was issued and later canceled in North Carolina after two boys, ages 3 and 1, were reported missing on Sunday.


The Asheville Police Department was searching for Harlee Allan Joyner, 3, and Elijah Ryan Joyner, 1.

Two men and two women were charged in connection with the disappearance boys.

Asheville Police said that they do not believe any of the three suspects are relatives of the two boys.

Three suspects, Natasha Cantrell of Gainesville, Ga, Christopher Carter of Swainsboro, Ga, and Chadwick Agan of Auburn, Ga, were taken into custody by the Georgia State Police and are being held in the Jackson County Jail in Georgia.

Cantrell and Carter have been charged with 2nd degree kidnapping and child abduction. Agan was charged with 2 counts of child abduction.

Another suspect, Trena Diane Weaver of Asheville was charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

The children are not originally from Asheville and were in town visiting relatives. The children’s mother reported the abduction Sunday morning.

The Amber Alert was issued just before 12:15 p.m. Sunday and was canceled around 2:30 p.m.

According to officers, the children were found in Swannanoa around 1 p.m.

The children were then taken to a Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office substation and have since been turned over to the NC Division of Social Services.

— WSPA-TV contributed to this report

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