GAY - A Jackson County pair face multiple charges after they alleged broke into a Gay residence and took a toddler who was in the temporary custody of one suspect’s parents.

Auvielle M. Anderson, 24, and Matthew R. Murray, 29, of Ripley, remain lodged in the South Central Regional Jail, facing multiple charges in the case after fleeing from police with the three-year-old boy.

On Sunday (February 26) at 7:36 a.m., 911 reported that a three-year-old boy had been kidnapped from a residence on Billy Run Road.

The complaintant reported that a neighbor saw two people and that her car (Impala) has also been stolen with the child. She believed the pair to be Anderson and Murray. Deputy J. F. Williams of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was the lead investigator

The missing vehicle was tracked via its Onstar system to Statts Mill Road, and Deputy B.L. Williams joined Deputy J.F. Williams in searching for the missing vehicle and child from both ends of Statts Mill Road. Deputy B.L. Williams encountered the Impala and gave chase in what turned into a high speed pursuit. 

When the Impala finally stopped, Murray was the driver with Anderson, the child and a large dog as passengers. Both Murray and Anderson were taken into custody. The child was returned to his grandparents (victims of the crime) who have temporary custody.

The investigation revealed that Auvielle Anderson and Matthew Murray had come to the Billy Run Road residence in a Volkswagen Jetta and taken the Impala. Auvielle Anderson had also entered the house through a sliding glass door and had taken the child from where he was asleep on a couch.

The child had been placed in temporary custody after Anderson and Murray had been arrested in North Carolina. A CPS investigation was underway. In North Carolina, Anderson allegedly broke into a laundromat and placed the child in a dryer, telling police that she was being pursued by people. Murray was arrested for DUI at the time.

Upon being questioned by investigators, Anderson declined to give a statement, although she claimed she had a residence in Fayetteville, NC, and was about to start a new job. Murray alleged gave a brief statement but appeared to investigators to be under the influence, allegedly speaking rapidly and not making sense.

Both Anderson and Murray are believed by law enforcement officers to be drug users.

Anderson and Murray were subsequently arrested. Anderson was charged with child concealment or removing a minor child from its custodians, gross child neglect creating risk of death or serious injury, nighttime burglary and fleeing in a vehicle. Bond was set at $150,000.

Murray was charged with child concealment or removing a minor child from its custodians, gross child neglect creating risk of death or serious injury and fleeing in a vehicle. Bond was set at $120,000.