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FLETCHER — Law officers on Wednesday located a couple wanted on felony child abuse charges in Fletcher and took them into custody, the Henderson County sheriff's office said.

Heather Cochran, Rex Douglas Cochran Jr., 39, and Cali Marie Cochran, 31,  were taken into custody at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday at 445 Coffee Lane. Officers from the Fletcher Police Department and deputies from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office made entry and located them in the basement of a home occupied by friends of the couple. The couple is wanted in North Dakota on felony child abuse charges.

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office cancelled an Amber Alert they had issued for three-month-old Calie Marie Cochran; the child is safe. She was being evaluated Wednesday night by medical personnel, which is standard procedure when a child is involved. The investigation is ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office said.