Police reportedly observed three adults and two girls, a 3-year-old and 7-year-old, in the vehicle which was traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard, near New York Avenue, at about 2:40 p.m., according to Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
Lightfoot said the mother fled with her daughter when she found out the state was going to take possession of her. She is also the biological mother of the 3-year-old, but that child has a different father, Lightfoot said.
The mother was one of the passengers in the vehicle.
The suspects, whose names were not immediately available, gave officers information that appeared to be suspicious and inconsistent, specifically when asked about the children’s identities, Lightfoot said.
“The (7-year-old) was listed as ‘abducted’ in the computer system when the officers ran the child’s name,” she said.
Officers learned that charges were filed in an abduction case in Alaska and that there was an active warrant for the child’s mother, she said.
Both children were placed into protective custody with the Department of Children’s Services. The Alaska Office of Children’s Services is working on travel arrangements in order to return both children back to Alaska, Lightfoot said.
Investigators in Alaska were aggressively searching for the girl for two years, she said.
Glendale police are continuing an investigation with the Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska Office of Children’s Services.
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