CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – A missing Cartersville boy who police say was kidnapped by his stepmother has been found safely hundreds of miles away.
According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, Rebecca Vincent went to the Cartersville home where 3-year-old King Pride currently lives with his aunt, Mercedes Hutch-Thompson, who has custody of him. Investigators say Vincent is the wife of the child’s biological father.
Both King’s mother and biological father are incarcerated.
Hutch-Thompson was not home, but her mother was with King when Vincent showed up.
“She tells the custodian at the time, she was on a three-way call with the mother and the father and she’s been given permission to pick up the juvenile and take him to a circus in the Atlanta area,” said Sgt. Jonathan White with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.
Rebecca Vincent kidnapped King Pride, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office says, on Feb. 12, 2023. (Bartow County Sheriff’s Office)
Vincent was seen leaving the address in a white sedan, investigators say. She was spotted Wednesday in a white SUV with a Florida tag near the Mall of Stonecrest, but she did not have Pride with her, investigators say.
Friday morning, authorities told FOX 5 that Pride was found in New York. Officials say that the boy was with relatives of his biological dad, 31-year-old Anje Vincent, and did not know what was going on in Georgia. Police are in the process of reuniting him with his family.
Vincent, who is now wanted for kidnappings and interfering with custody, remains on the run, police say. Anje Vincent is now charged with kidnappings party to crime, influencing a witness, and obstruction.
The family says they want Vincent captured.
“She definitely needs to be held accountable for this,” said Hutch-Thompson.
Anyone who sees either is asked to call 911 or the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-382-5050.