Amber Alert: Search intensifies for missing NC toddler

According to police, Zy'Rah Nicole Holliday was last known to be on foot in the Spring Lake area.

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WTVD) - As the search for a missing 3-year-old girl in Harnett County intensifies, the man accused of abducting her appeared before a judge for child abuse and abduction charges.

An Amber Alert was issued for Zy'Rah Nicole Holliday on Tuesday. She was allegedly taken by 20-year-old Daquan Seandre Thomas around 7 a.m. from her home in the 100 block of Sweet Lane in Spring Lake.

Thomas was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and appeared before the judge Wednesday morning.

Thomas is charged with one count of felony child abduction and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse. More charges are pending.

The sheriff said Thomas, of the 200 block of Rambeaut Road in Spring Lake, was dating the girl's mother. He is also the father of one of her two children, an 11-month-old boy who was also taken from the Sweet Lane address.

Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats said Tuesday that the boy was found around 10:45 a.m. at a family member's house. He had minor cuts and bruises, and was released to his mother.

Authorities are still searching for the 3-year-old girl. They said Thomas has not revealed where the girl could be.

During a news conference Wednesday, Coats said they are checking nearby ponds as part of their search.

Zy'Rah is described as a black female, approximately 3 feet tall, and weighing 35 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt with flowers and the word "Love" on it with black jogging pants.

Coats said authorities are continuing to conduct interviews and review videotape from the area of the abduction.

The sheriff added that a 50-B order was issued for Thomas on Monday afternoon, taken out by the children's mother. Deputies were not able to serve Thomas with that order Monday night because they could not find him.

The girl's mother said she was afraid for her own safety and that of their 11-month-old son. She alleged in the complaint that Thomas threatened to hurt them both.

Thomas remains in jail under a $200,000 bond. He has a probable cause hearing on Nov. 14 in Harnett County District Court.

The FBI is assisting the Sheriff's Office, The NC Highway Patrol and Brunswick County Sheriff's Office have assisted with the search with use of their helicopters. Anderson Creek Fire Department, Anderson Creek EMS, Harnett County Specialty Team, Harnett County Emergency Services, Lee County Emergency Services and the NC Center for Missing and Exploited Children are assisting.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Harnett County Sheriff Office immediately at (910) 893-9111, or call 911 or *HP.

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