Woman arrested after missing girl found safe

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Thursday, police had Tonia Shetina in custody.

Tonia Shetina (left) may be with missing child Essence Lovato (right).

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A 38-year-old woman is facing kidnapping charges after a 2-year-old Colorado Springs girl was reported missing and later found safe.

Colorado Springs police spokesman Barbara Miller said Thursday police had Tonia Shetina in custody after a tip led investigators to a home in nearby Fountain, where 2-year-old Essence Lovato was found safe.

The infant had been missing for a day and a half. She was last seen with Shetina, who had permission to take the girl to her grandfather's house. The girl never showed up and police issued a statewide alert.

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