TBI: 1-year-old missing out of Carter County found safe in Virginia


UPDATE (6/29) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office released Tuesday afternoon that deputies had noticed a vehicle matching the TBI’s description on Saturday.

The driver was identified as the father of then-endangered child Caelum Heaton.

The father, whose name isn’t being released, was charged on multiple counts after deputies found a large amount of narcotics under the hood of the car containing methamphetamine and heroin.

Deputies also found a pistol with a defaced serial number in the vehicle.

He was charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, possession of drugs and possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs. The father was transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail without bond.

A female passenger was also charged with possession of paraphernalia.

Sgt. Asbury then contacted Caelum’s mother, Holly Heaton, via phone. Asbury discovered she was traveling through North Carolina with Caelum.

After a “lengthy conversation and negotiating,” Heaton agreed to bring her son to the Washington Sheriff’s Office so they could assure he was safe.

After arriving at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Caelum Heaton was transferred to the Department of Social Services.

No further details were released.

(WJHL) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Saturday afternoon that 1-year-old Caelum Heaton, the center of Friday night’s endangered child alert out of Carter County, was found safe in Virginia.

TBI officials revealed the 1-year-old was located in Washington County, Virginia.

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