“We do everything together,” said Renee Mills.
“It was devastating,” she said.
“He came in on a Friday, and visited Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Tuesday. I got a phone call on Sept. 4, and they told us he was taking her to Georgia that day,” Renee said.
Director Nicki Perry responded with an email that reads in part: “…The issue that you are addressing could probably better be answered by an attorney as it relates to legal rights of parents.”
With no custodial rights as grandparents, the toddler moved out of state with her father.
“It was like losing our daughter all over again,” Renee said. “We just want visitation. We want to be able to see her. We want to be able to talk to her. She’s 3 years old. She’s been ripped away from everything she knows and put into a situation she doesn’t know anybody, anything, or her surroundings.”
Renee said she hasn’t spoken to her granddaughter since mid-September.
CBS 17 reached out to the father in Georgia, but so far has not heard back.
CBS 17 also wanted to know if Franklin County’s Department of Social Services or the State of North Carolina has been keeping up with the child since she left the state. Neither agency has offered a comment.