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RCSO: Parents took child without permission

ROCKINGHAM — Two parents are facing criminal charges after allegedly taking their child without permission.


Deputies from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched Sunday to a home on U.S. 1 South for a possible abduction, according to a press release issued Monday.

Deputies reportedly learned that the child had been placed with a family member through a court order and the parents left with the child following a visitation.

The sheriff’s office found both the parents — Mireya Stegal of Rockingham and Antwon Funderburk of Lilesville, both 22 — and returned the child to the family member.

Both were arrested and each charged with a single count of felonious restraint, and booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. Neither appeared in online jail records early Monday afternoon.

They are scheduled to appear in court June 16.

Online court records show Funderburk has a pending charge of communicating threats in Stanly County and Stegal is charged with injury to personal property in Union County.

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Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Funderburk was convicted in Anson County of possession or carrying a BB gun or rifle on educational property in 2016.

In 2020, Funderburk was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm to incite fear.

Records show he was given probation in both cases.

Stegal has no prior convictions in the state, according to available records.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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