SC girl fakes illness to end abduction

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 12:52 PM
Last updated 12:54 PM
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CORBIN, Ky. --  Police say a South Carolina girl abducted by her dad faked stomach pains to set up her rescue in Kentucky.

Authorities say Donnie Lee Shelton brought his 8-year-old daughter to the emergency room at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin in the central part of the state. Hospital officials say a nurse became suspicious when the girl wouldn't make eye contact with her. The staff checked the Amber Alert website, then called police.

Hospital official John Henson says the girl faked being sick after she saw a hospital sign.

The 46-year-old Shelton was arrested. Interviewed by WYMT-TV at the jail, Shelton said he took his daughter in Pickens County, S.C., because he felt she was in danger.

The girl has been reunited with her mother.

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PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 11/24/10 - 02:05 pm
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Smart kid. Sounds like a

Smart kid. Sounds like a custody dispute with parents.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/24/10 - 03:31 pm
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Smart kid and major kudos to

Smart kid and major kudos to the aware nurse for picking up on the clues and investigating her suspicions.

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juliebac 11/24/10 - 05:25 pm
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Glad she is safe.

Glad she is safe.

Einstein
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Einstein 11/24/10 - 05:27 pm
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More to this story, I'm sure.

More to this story, I'm sure. Wonder why the father has no custody rights? Bad guy, or just had a lousy divorce lawyer like me... But Hecht, EVEN my divorce attorney got me joint custody.

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InChristLove 11/25/10 - 11:59 am
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Seems more to the story and a

Seems more to the story and a lot of unanswered questions.....why did the dad feel the daughter was in danger? Nothing mentioned about who had custody, whether it was joint or the mom had sole custody? Why didn't the father go to the local police instead of traveling out of state, if he thought the child was in danger? Is anyone checking in to the living conditions of the child or just ignoring the dad's concerns?

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