PIKETON, Ohio (WCMH) — The 2-year-old reported missing overnight Friday was found safe in Franklin County Saturday evening, according to officials.
The Piketon County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy said Christopher Barfield Jr. was found just after 6:15 p.m. about an hour away from where he was reported missing.
According to the sheriff’s office, his non-custodial mother, Kandie Holsinger, allegedly took the boy from his grandmother’s home Friday night.
Police said Kandie Holsinger arranged for someone to pick up her and the boy at that home, and then they drove off.
Saturday night, however, the boy, who goes by CJ, is back with his custodial grandparents.
“I’m just glad he came home safe,” said Joey Holsinger, the boy’s uncle and Kandie Holsinger’s brother.
As Pike County deputies were out looking Saturday, so was CJ’s uncle Joey.
“(It) was scary,” Joey Holsinger said, adding the fear was Kandie was not in the right frame of mind due to drug addiction.
Kandie Holsinger has been arrested and is being held in Franklin County Jail.
Piketon County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Robert Barbee said they eventually learned Kandie Holsinger and CJ were in Franklin County.
“It feels fantastic,” Barbee said. “There’s no way to express how good that feels because these things can end up so tragically. To say that it’s a fantastic feeling would be a drastic understatement. We’re thrilled the child is safe and those responsible are in custody.”
Joey Holsinger hopes the event will be a wake-up call for his sister.
“I hope that maybe we can keep her off the streets long enough that she can get herself clean,” he said.
Joey Holsinger said his sister has six other children who are also in their grandparents’ custody and now they’re glad CJ is home with them, too.
“It was a relief, I’m like, ‘He’s coming home,'” Joey Holsinger said. “He’s coming home to grandparents who love him.”
The exact charges Kandie Holsinger have not been released. She is scheduled to be in Franklin County Municipal Court on Tuesday.
The family added they are thankful to all the agencies who helped get CJ home safely.