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Cayce DPS formally charges suspect in child’s abduction and theft

Cayce, SC – 02/11/2021 (Paul Kirby) – Investigators with the City of Cayce’s Department of Public Safety have now formally charged Shyheem Malik Phillips with vehicle theft and kidnapping. On Tuesday night, law enforcement officials say he stole a car at a business in the City of Cayce and in doing so, he took an innocent 2-year-old little girl who was in the vehicle.

Phillips became the suspect of the investigation quickly and just after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, he had been taken onto custody as a part of the investigative process. Later, he was formerly charged.

In a statement from Chief Byron Snellgrove, Cayce’s director of public safety, he said, “I’m proud of our department - our officers acted swiftly, followed every lead and investigated every detail. And I’m grateful for a caring community and the media who shared the information that helped us identify the suspect. We were able to quickly remove the person suspected of these crimes from the streets of Cayce and Lexington County.”

Chief Snellgrove closed by saying, “What’s most important is that young Carlee and her dog were safely returned to her family.”


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