Orangeburg stand-off

A five-year-old boy has been rescued following a stand-off in Orangeburg. Police entered the home about 3:15 a.m. when they determined a man holding Sonny Weatherford hostage for more than a day had fallen asleep.

Fifty-year-old Dewayne Padgett was taken into custody following a brief struggle. He was taken to an Orangeburg hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams says Padgett is being charged with kidnapping.

Williams says the boy is happy to be reunited with his mother, Kristy Weatherford. Police had surrounded the house and decided to wait out the suspect. The incident started Sunday when Padgett went to a home where Kristy Weatherford was visiting and tried to force her at gunpoint to return to him. She made it out of the house to get help.

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