The girl was found safe in Jackson County, Georgia, and is in protective custody, waiting to be taken back to North Carolina, deputies said.
The girl’s biological mother, Selena Bishop, 28, has been taken into custody on charges of felony abduction of a child, according to deputies.
They said authorites found the pair after Bishop ran out of gas on Highway 441 near Commerce, Georgia.
Maj. Frank Stout said the girl never got off the school bus Thursday at her grandmother’s house. When the grandmother called the school, they told her she had been picked up by Bishop, according to Stout.
Stout said a judge had terminated Bishop’s parental rights due to competency and drug issues.
A Henderson County girl abducted by her mother was found early Saturday morning on the side of a Georgia road after running out of gas, deputies say.