When a 3-year-old girl was kidnapped by her mom in west suburban Maywood, the Amber Alert was cancelled.
Maywood police issued an Amber Alert at 12:45 p.m., saying the girl was already kidnapped during a visit from the Department of Children and Family Services. As a result of a current order of protection, the child is protected from her mother.
The child abduction occurred outside an office complex at 1701 South First Avenue in Maywood, according to the alert. DCFS is renting office space in the privately owned building, according to workers.
After a DCFS employee reported that the suspect had forced the child into the backseat of an unknown vehicle, possibly driven by a rideshare driver, police said the child was taken from that location at 9:53 a.m. on Tuesday, according to police.
According to Maywood Police Chief Elijah Willis, the DCFS worker had a conversation with another DCFS worker and took the baby out of the DCFS worker’s view.
The vehicle was eventually tracked down and determined to have no connection to the kidnapping. The child and suspect were still missing at that time.
Maywood police have confirmed that the woman was picked up by an Uber in La Grange and dropped off in Maywood. As a result of further investigation, police believe that they have located the mother’s home in a western suburb.
La Grange police helped Maywood police break into the house and find the girl and her mother in a bedroom together.
Immediately after the child was found safe, the Amber Alert was cancelled. As a precaution, police have taken her to a nearby hospital to have her checked out.
Police in Maywood, Illinois, say they’ve detained and are questioning the woman.
DCFS spokesman Bill McCaffrey said in a statement: “Thanks to law enforcement’s quick work, a young girl has been located and taken into protective custody.
As always, we are here to help the children and their families. Currently, we’re investigating to determine whether or not all established procedures were adhered to.”
The incident occurred on the same day that Springfield lawmakers were grilling DCFS officials about a report that found widespread failures in the agency’s ability to track and protect children from abuse.
The Maywood police investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Maywood Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line can be reached at 708-450-1787 or the Investigations Division at 708-450-4471.
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