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Mother of kidnapped Orangeburg baby talks to News 2 about abduction

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Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office said received a call that the child had been kidnapped from a home on Catamount Road in Holly Hill around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office said received a call that the child had been kidnapped from a home on Catamount Road in Holly Hill around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
News 2's Haley Hernandez spoke with the mother of the infant kidnapped. News 2's Haley Hernandez spoke with the mother of the infant kidnapped.
The mother and infant. The mother and infant.
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The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office has released additional information on Tuesday night's infant kidnapping.

Police were called to a Catamont Road residence at approximately 3:55p.m. on Tuesday in reference to an burglary and kidnapping. Authorities say their investigation indicates seven unknown males with guns forced their way into the residence on Catamount Road forcing three adults and six juveniles to the floor. One of the gunmen struck a 52-year-old woman in the head with a gun while she was protecting her grandson. A 4-month-old was taken from the residence.

According to police, this was a targeted crime.

Renee Gilliard wasn't home at the time but told News 2 she was horrified to learn the only thing the intruders found was her baby girl. The baby was gone for about two hours before she was found in Berkeley County by a passerby who saw the criminals discard the child on the side of the road.

Gilliard said she doesn't know who the men are but is thankful her baby wasn't hurt or killed.

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Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said "We will locate the cowards who entered the residence and snatched an innocent child from their family and later discarded the helpless child on the side of a road. We are continuing to interview witnesses, collect evidence, and will be working with all available resources to bring these individuals back to Orangeburg County to stand for the charges they have committed against this family."

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