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Grandma says missing boy is OK; dad unconvinced

Posted at 8:28 PM, Mar 08, 2016

SOUTH LEBANON, Ohio -- The maternal grandmother of a missing toddler said he's safe in Florida with his mother, but the child's father isn't so sure that's true.

Kallie Carnes, 20, of South Lebanon, Ohio, and her 22-month-old son, Grant, vanished Wednesday morning. Carnes shut down her Facebook page, turned off her phone and left a note for her mother saying she was leaving.

They were last seen at their home on Parkview Drive in South Lebanon.

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Carnes' mother, Erica Baker, told WCPO on Tuesday that Grant's father was given emergency custody of the boy. Both Baker and the Warren County Sheriff's Office said they believed the missing mother and son may be with Josh Craft, 20, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault of Grant and now has a no-contact order with the child.

Baker also said she thought the three may have headed to Tennessee or the Carolinas, where Craft's brother lives.

Then, Tuesday night, Baker posted on Facebook that Carnes called her; the pair were in Florida, Baker wrote, with Carnes' father. And, according to Baker, Carnes was not with Craft.

A 2001 Buick LeSabre like the one Carnes may be driving.

But Grant's father, Josh Wells, told WCPO he's not sure that's the truth. He'd like official confirmation from the Warren County Sheriff's Office that his son is safe, he said.

Though Wells was given emergency custody, Warren County Sheriff's Lt. Ron Day said Tuesday he didn't think the case met the criteria to issue an Amber Alert.

The sheriff's office says Carnes may be driving a white 2001 Buick LeSabre with Ohio license plate GMK5233.

If you have any information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.