UPDATE: 2-Year-Old Brandon Dubose Found Safe, Father in Custody
Authorities seeking child allegedly taken by father.
UPDATE: 2 p.m.
UPDATE: 7:15 a.m.
According to WIS, Clarendon County deputies will launch helicopter and additional searches this morning for 2-year-old Brandon Dubose II, who authorities believe was left by his father in a swampy area near the Sumter and Clarendon county lines.
UPDATE: 8:45 p.m.
Deputies have surrounded the 32-year-old father Brandon Lee Dubose along Sammy Swamp Road and Highway 261 near the Sumter County line. The child is no longer with the father, deputies said.
Law enforcement officers are still looking for 2-year-old Brandon Lee Dubose II.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has issued a statewide AMBER alert for a 2-year-old boy believed to be abducted Monday afternoon by his non-custodial father.
The abduction occurred around 1:30 p.m. at a gas station just outside Manning, 60 miles east of Columbia and 90 miles north of Charleston, authorities report. The child was last seen in Sumter, roughly 30 miles north of the alleged abduction, according to an alert broadcast on TV across the state.
Police are searching for the boy, Brandon Lee Dubose II, who is just 2 feet tall and weighs 30 pounds. He has red hair and blue eyes. He was last seen in a white T-shirt, blue-jean cargo shorts and black Nike sandals.
The child's father, 32-year-old Brandon Lee Dubose, is also included in the AMBER Alert. He stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. Media reports indicate he has a criminal past that dates back to 1997. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt.
Anyone with information about the either individual's whereabouts should contact authorities at 1-888-CRIME-SC. See the official alert information.