According to the Kentucky State Police, investigators helped North Carolina Police track down a couple who had disappeared with a baby on Wednesday. State Troopers arrested Tommie Varner and Amy Adkins and charged them with custodial interference, which is a felony. Adkins also faces multiple traffic violation charges. Reports indicate that the couple had left their North Carolina home after the state (North Carolina) ordered their biological 16-month-old child be removed from their custody. When a social worker called Tommie Varner to notify him she was coming to take the child, Varner allegedly told her that he was leaving for an unknown location in Virginia and that she would not find his child. When social workers arrived to get the child, Varner, Adkins and the baby were all gone.
Taylorsville N.C. Police Department contacted KSP officials asking them to be on the lookout for a black SUV with North Carolina plates. Varner’s phone was pinged at the Big Lots in Coal Run Village, but when Troopers arrived they could not locate the vehicle or the couple. As the afternoon went on, Officers pinged Varner’s phone once again, this time located on US 23 near Ratliff Creek in Pike Co. KSP Troopers tracked down the SUV on KY RT 122 in the Robinson Creek community and Varner and Adkins were both in the vehicle, as well as the child. Varner told investigators he was not told that the baby would be removed from his custody and claimed the last time he talked to a social worker, he allegedly told them he was leaving for a few days. When Troopers talked to Adkins, she informed them she was not allowed around the child without supervision and she said they had come to Kentucky to “start over fresh”. She also claimed she did not know social services were coming to take the baby. Both Varner and Adkins were arrested and lodged in the Pike Co. jail and the baby was placed in protective custody.