Police Search for Missing Baby and Mother in North Carolina Ends After It Turned Out to be a Hoax

Danilla Bethea (Photo: Scotland County S.O./ February 1, 2019)

North Carolina deputies say the search for a supposedly missing woman and baby ended when it turned out the plea for help was a hoax all along.


Scotland County deputies posted on Facebook on Thursday that they were searching for a 2 or 3-week-old baby girl who is not in her mother’s custody and is believed to be in danger.

However, in a later Facebook post Friday evening, deputies revealed they learned of the hoax and arrested 30-year-old Danilla Mitzia “Missy” Bethea on 10 counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses and one count of felony false reports to law enforcement pertaining to a missing child.

According to deputies, they got the report on Thursday from two women, a mother and daughter, who believed there was an infant girl born to a woman named April Morrison that was in danger. The reports initially indicated that Morrison was being held against her will and provided information that led investigators to suspect may be victims of human trafficking or prostitution. The report initially suggested that the infant child was sold for monetary value or in exchange for elicit narcotics either by Morrison’s consent or by force.

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SOURCE: FOX Carolina, Dal Kalsi and Matthew Ablon