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Parents in NC Amber Alert case in jail, awaiting extradition to ND

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Rex Douglas Cochran Jr. (L) and Heather Cochran (R). (Source: HCSO) Rex Douglas Cochran Jr. (L) and Heather Cochran (R). (Source: HCSO)
New example photos of the cars the suspects may be driving (Source: HCSO) New example photos of the cars the suspects may be driving (Source: HCSO)
Rex Douglas Cochran Jr. (L) and Heather Cochran (R). (Source: HCSO) Rex Douglas Cochran Jr. (L) and Heather Cochran (R). (Source: HCSO)
HAYWOOD CO., NC (FOX Carolina) -

An Amber Alert issued early Wednesday for a missing endangered infant out of Haywood County was canceled after the child and her parents were located and arrested. Deputies said the child's parents, wanted on felony child abuse charges, fled the county on Tuesday.

Investigators say Heather Cochran and Rex Douglas Cochran Jr. were last seen in the 200 block of Northwood Drive in Clyde around 10:15 a.m. The couple was wanted in North Dakota on felony child abuse charges.

The Cochrans fled Haywood County with their 3-month-old daughter, Cali Marie Cochran, after an emergency custody order was released, deputies said.

Deputies said the Cochrans have previously had three children taken from their custody in North Dakota before this incident.

The family was living in Clyde, NC near some extended family when Haywood County DSS began investigating, deputies said. DSS went to the home on Northwood drive earlier and determined the baby should be placed in protective custody. Deputies said when DSS returned with a court order to take Cali, the family was gone.

Deputies said Cali may have a medical issue that needs attention. Investigators initially believed the couple could have been traveling to Ocala, Florida or Valdosta, Georgia, where they have additional family.

Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, deputies announced that baby Cali had been located and her parents, Heather and Rex Cochran, had been taken into custody around 5:25 p.m. The couple was located on the 400 block of Coffee Lane in Fletcher, NC.

Fletcher police and Henderson County deputies made entry and located the couple and the baby in the basement of a building at that location.

Deputies said baby Cali is now safe and being evaluated by medical personnel.

Henderson County deputies said Thursday that the Cochrans made their first court appearance. They are being held in the Henderson County jail on a $5000,000 secured bond until they can be extradited to North Dakota to face the abuse charges there. The extradition hearings are currently scheduled for late October.

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