Children abandoned at Calhoun rest area reunited with their grandmother

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Three young children found abandoned at a truck stop in Calhoun, Georgia on Sunday have since been reunited with their grandmother.

The children, all from Atlanta, were dropped off at the Love’s truck stop at 1081 Belwood Road in Calhoun around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police reports confirmed by Calhoun Police Chief Tony Pyle during a call with the Times Free Press Monday. Morning.

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“We got a call and were told that three young children had been dropped off. A lady left them a note saying they had been kidnapped. She left them with employees and told them to take them, then she’s gone, ”Pyle said. .

The woman who dropped them off knew the children, Pyle said, and was a member of the family. He did not share any other information regarding her identity due to the ongoing investigation, but confirmed that the Tennessee State Patrol arrested her on Sunday and returned her to Calhoun for questioning.

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“There was a phone number on the letter she left. It was a family member’s number. [Division of Family & Children Services] The office determined it was safe to hand them over to this family member, so we did, ”Pyle said. “This family member was their grandmother. “

The kids are all from Atlanta. Until now, Pyle said law enforcement officers were unsure whether there had been an actual kidnapping attempt or if something else had happened that could have led to the Sunday afternoon events.

“We’re still in the early stages of the investigation, so we’re trying to see if there was an attempted kidnapping or if it was something else. We know it wasn’t a problem. custody with parents, so at this point we’re not sure what really led to this, ”he said.

Pyle said the department hoped to have more responses by Friday.

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“We are happy to have been able to reunite them with their families,” he said. “It’s always the best result, you know, and we’re glad they’re safe.”

Contact Kelcey Caulder at kcaulder @ timesfree press.com or 423-757-6327. Follow her on Twitter @kelceycaulder.

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