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Grandmother of missing 12-year-old fears for the girl's safety

Authorities say 12-year-old Zoee Bishop-Cantrell was taken from school by her biological mother, who doesn't have custody, on Thursday, March 16, 2017. (Photo credit: Sheryl Corn)

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing child.

Authorities say 12-year-old Zoee Bishop-Cantrell was taken from school Thursday, March 16, 2017, by her biological mother Salena Bishop, who doesn't have custody.

Bishop-Cantrell's grandmother, Sheryl Corn, says she's helped raise the 12-year-old on and off for years. She received full custody in October 2012.

"She really loves her mother, and she hasn't gotten to spend a whole lot of time with her mother. But it's not her fault. It's her mother's fault," Corn said.

According to Corn, Bishop has had several brushes with the law, in part because of her usage of heroine, meth and cocaine. Corn says she's done her best to raise her granddaughter and boasts about her straight A's and talent on the trumpet.

"This is her mother's influence. Her mother is mad at me because I will not give her anymore money for drugs. I will not support her habits," Corn said.

Bishop, 28, is wanted for felony abduction of a child. Corn says Bishop texted her telling her she "exorcised Zoee of evil" and wanted to make her a "cover girl."

"She doesn't need to be with her daughter. It's not good," Corn said.

Authorities say they may be in the Athens, Georgia, area.

According to Corn, Bishop-Cantrell told her friends in school she would be moving to Georgia soon. She texted her mom to pick her up during lunch because her teacher was away from her.

Bishop-Cantrell has sent pictures on Snapchat to her friends from a motel. They described seeing a pool and motel doors to Corn, but no signage. She's also reached out to her grandmother to tell her she isn't coming home.

Corn is hoping more Snapchats will lead investigators to her granddaughter. She's pleading for friends to try and find out more details about Bishop-Cantrell's whereabouts.

"We just want her to come home. She needs to be home," Corn said.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Bishop-Cantrell or Bishop is asked to contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828-697-4911.

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