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Grandmother Charged in Child Abduction

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A boy’s grandmother faces charges after police said she abducted him. The child was found early Friday morning at a home in Woodbridge.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Missing Child | Abduction – On July 31st at 5:49PM, officers responded to investigate a missing child who was last known to be in the custody of a family member in the 4300 block of Evergreen Dr in Woodbridge (22193). The investigation revealed that the victim, identified as Caleb Brock age 8, was in the custody of the accused, his grandmother identified as Brenda COUNTS.

The reporting party informed police that the accused was granted custody of the victim; however, failed to return him upon being informed to do so. The residence of the accused located in the above area was checked by police but neither the accused nor the victim were located. Information was received that the accused may have taken the victim to another family member’s residence located in Alta Vista, VA and that they were believed to be driving a newer model, dark colored Subaru Outback station wagon with unknown tags owned by an acquaintance of the accused.

During the course of the investigation, the reporting party obtained a warrant against the accused relating to this incident. Around 2:30AM on August 1st, a tip was received that informed officers of the whereabouts of the accused. Both the accused and the victim were located at a residence in the 3500 block of Buffalo Ct.

The accused was taken into custody without incident and the victim was reunited with his guardian unharmed. At no time during the investigation was it believed that the victim was in immediate danger of bodily harm or death which is a requirement for Amber Alert activation. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on August 1st:

Brenda COUNTS, 65, of 4309 Evergreen Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with 1 count of abduction

Court date: pending | Bond: unavailable

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