A weekend search for a mother and her two-year-old daughter has ended safely. An amber alert was issued Saturday morning and by Saturday evening, the suspect was behind bars. Police say Friday night, two-year-old Namia and her mother Evette Vaught were kidnapped by Namia's father, Marco Vaught. An amber alert was issued Saturday morning. The alert included a look-out for a white Chrysler Sebring. A concerned citizen thought he spotted the vehicle in Brunswick County, and called authorities. His call lead to an arrest of Marco Vaught. Sergeant Tolley of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department says it is the citizen who deserves the credit for the arrest. "It went above and beyond the average citizen. They paid attention to the amber alert, they remembered the amber alert, they observed the suspects, they remembered all the factual basis of the amber alert which really got the ball rolling on the apprehension of the subject," said Tolley. The mother and daughter were not hurt. They are now back in South Carolina with friends and family. Marco Vaught is charged with 2 counts of kidnapping. He's being held on a $200,000 bond. While this story may sound pretty amazing, the state center for missing persons says this type of speedy response shows just how effective amber alerts are in getting information out. So next time you hear about an amber alert, pay attention.. You may be able to help.
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