Missing Smyth County child found safe, mother charged with attempted abduction

The six-month-old was first reported missing on Saturday

VSP has issued a missing endangered child alert for a six-month-old out of Smyth County. (Virginia State Police) (WSLS)


According to the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, deputies located six-month-old Lyric Poston at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday.

They said the child was in the custody of her mother, Mackenzie Poston.

Custody of the child has been turned over to the Smyth County Department of Social Services, according to deputies.

Officials said the child appeared to be in good health at the time she was found.

They said the mother is charged with one felony county of attempted abduction and one misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice.


The Virginia State Police have issued a Missing Endangered Child Alert for a six-month-old girl out of Smyth County.

According to police, Lyric Poston is believed to be in extreme danger and was believed to be last seen at Dry Creek Road in Smyth County.

VSP said Lyric has brown eyes and brown hair, is 2′2″, and is 15 pounds. We’re told it’s unknown what she was wearing last.

Lyric Poston is believed to be with Mackenzie Poston, 30, and it is unknown what she was wearing last.

If you have any information on Lyric’s whereabouts, call 911 or the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 276-783-7204.

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