A 9-year-old girl was taken from the Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto on Tuesday morning, March 3, and police are alleging that her biological mother was responsible, according to a press release by East Palo Alto police.
The girl, a student at the school, is the subject of a custody battle.
Police were called to the school at 2450 Ralmar Ave. at 8:11 a.m. Alert school staff gave officers a description of the person who took her and the vehicle she left in. The East Palo Alto Police Department issued an Endangered Missing Person Alert through the California Highway Patrol.
Through a collaborative effort by neighboring allied agencies, the child and her mother were located in Campbell. The girl was not injured. Police are interviewing all persons involved, and an investigation is ongoing, police said.
Anyone who might have witnessed this incident or has any information is asked to contact Detective Tommy Phengsene at 650-798-5347 or call the East Palo Alto Police Department at 650-321-1112; anonymous messages can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, texted to 650-409-6792, or left by voicemail by calling 650-409-6792.