Talladega County Sheriff’s Department deputies were sent to Daytona, Fla. over the weekend to pick up Thomas Eric Diggs, 35, of Oxford, and bring him back to Talladega. A warrant for felony custodial interference has already been issued against Diggs.
Diggs is accused of abducting his 5-year-old son, Thomas Evan Diggs, from the Arby’s in Talladega Dec. 21. The boy had been eating dinner there with his paternal grandmother. He told her he was going to drop the child off at her house, where he had permission to spend the night, but he never showed up.
The boy’s mother was not aware of the child not being with the grandmother until the next day, Dec. 22.
The mother, who has legal custody, contacted Talladega police, and a hunt involving numerous local, state and federal organizations got under way. Father and son were eventually located in Daytona, Fla. Diggs was arrested on the warrant, and the son was returned to his mother.
Custodial interference is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
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