A 5-year-old who was reported missing in Pennsylvania on Monday was found at a gas station in Caroline County, VA a day later, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook.
The 5-year-old, Inez Foulk, was at a ShopRite in Pennsylvania with her grandmother on Monday around 7 p.m. when the girl’s mother, Courtney Foulk, 37, left the store with her in the car, WKBN 27 reported.
On Tuesday evening, Caroline County, VA authorities received a call from a citizen who stated that a car and child matching the description in an Amber Alert were at an Exxon station in the Carmel Church area, the sheriff’s post explained. After the license plate number was run, it was confirmed that the citizen had indeed spotted the car listed in the alert.
Caroline police went to the store and were able to recover the child and arrest her mother. According to WKBN, the 1996 Chevy Lumina they were traveling in had broken down.
Even though it was the mother that took the child, she does not have full custody and can’t be alone with her daughter, Pennsylvania Trooper Anthony Petroski told WKBN.
Courtney Foulk was taken to Pamunkey Regional Jail where she is facing an extradition warrant for kidnapping, Caroline Sheriff’s Office said. And according to WKBN, Inez will be in the custody of Virginia Department of Social Services until arrangements can be made to get her back to Pennsylvania.
“I am so thankful for the concerned citizen who spotted the vehicle and girl and notified the Caroline Sheriff's Office. This citizen watched the vehicle and child, constantly providing information until deputies could arrive and recover the child,” said Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa in the Facebook post. “I am also very thankful for the continued hard work and dedication of our Caroline County deputies. More than all, I am so happy to report that the little girl in this case is safe.”
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