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Missing boy found; mother arrested

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FARMINGTON – The four-year-old boy police reported was forcibly taken from the father’s Farmington home has been found unhurt Monday night in Madison.

The boy’s mother, Jennifer Woodbury, 26, of Madison, who reportedly forced her way into the home and took her child, was found by Deputy David Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department and arrested. She was charged with aggravated criminal trespass, criminal restraint by a parent, both felonies, and misdemeanor assault. About the same time, a second suspect in the case, Joseph Magee, 31, was arrested by Madison Police Sgt. Trask and charged with aggravated criminal trespass and assault.

Detective Marc Bowering of the Farmington Police Department said they received information about the home invasion and parental abduction that led them to the location of the suspects in Madison. The boy, Zion Lawrence, was located as well and brought to the hospital by Madison Police Officer Hartley, where he was released into the custody of his father, Mark Lawrence, 27, of Farmington.

Police say Woodbury forced her way into Lawrence’s home at the Blueberry Hill Apartments in Farmington, at 3:35 a.m. Monday and drove off with their son Zion and two accomplices.

Reportedly accompanying Woodbury were Nicole Lamphere, 27, of Skowhegan, and an unidentified man in his late 20s who police later identified as Magee.

The incident is believed to be one of a child custody issue between the estranged couple. Both Lawrence and Woodbury share custody of the boy, although Lawrence has had the boy staying with him over the last few months, police said.

Woodbury and Magee were taken to the Somerset County jail. Police are continuing their search for Lamphere.

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