Father charged with kidnapping after missing Horry County 4-month-old found safe

Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 10:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2022 at 4:12 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry County police said a missing four-month-old has been found safe and the child’s father is now in custody.

The Horry County Police Department said four-month-old Mason Bryant was taken by his biological father, 23-year-old Akeem Bryant, on Bill Grissett Road near Loris, who does not have custody of him.

Police said Mason has been reunited with his guardian at around 1:30 p.m. Friday, while Akeem turned himself in later in the afternoon.

Online records show Akeem has been charged with one count of kidnapping and was booked into the J. Rueben Long Detention Center at around 3:30 p.m.

No bond was set as of Friday evening.

A police report obtained by WMBF News states that the suspect was mad that Mason’s aunt was watching him and “flipped out.”

It shows Akeem put Mason in his car and left with none of Mason’s belongings and with no money.

The responding officer said in the report that they were able to make contact with Akeem on Thursday afternoon by cellphone, but Akeem said he would not give up his son and “that he did not care if police came for him.”

The report shows that the suspect would not give the officer his location and then ended the call.

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