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Missing Hoke County child found safe

Friday, December 14, 2012
Karen Joyce and Pacen Joyce

Karen Joyce and Pacen Joyce (Photo courtesy of the Hoke County Sheriff's Department)

An Amber Alert for a missing 12 year old was canceled late Thursday evening after the boy was found with his mother.

The Hoke County Sheriff's Department issued an Amber Alert for Pacen Ryan Joyce around 7 p.m. They said 46-year-old Karen Joyce took her son from school and that the boy was not safe with her.

Karen Joyce is involved in a Department of Social Services investigation and officials said they decided it was best if Pacen was put under someone else's care.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Joyce and her son were found at her home on Secretariat Court in Raeford after receiving a tip. Authorities said Pacen was unharmed.

Joyce claimed she had no idea authorities statewide were looking for her son.

After Joyce picked her son up from school, she said her son called 911 when she had an alleged domestic dispute with her husband.

"Look at my arm, look at what my husband did ... my husband did this to me and then my daughter says 'Take the kid, take the 12-year-old kid,'" Joyce told ABC11. "And I didn't do anything wrong!"

Her son has been taken into DSS custody.

A custody hearing over the 12 year old is set for next week.

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