18-month-old child allegedly abducted by mother found safe; mom arrested
GRAND FORKS -- A missing toddler from Grand Forks believed to have been abducted by her mother Thursday afternoon, Aug. 2, has been found safe.
A family member brought 18-month-old Jaylee Azure and her mother, 21-year-old Jasmine Davis, to the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office Thursday evening, almost seven hours after the child was taken from a social services office in Grand Forks by Davis, Sheriff's Deputy B.J. Maxson confirmed to the Herald.
An Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon after Davis took her daughter in for a check with social services. Staff with the agency informed Davis, who was accompanied by another person, that they intended to take custody of the child but the mother allegedly fled with her shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Maxson said.
Officials believed there was reason to believe the child was in danger, which is a criteria for issuing an Amber Alert, Maxson said.
Social services took custody of Jaylee, and Davis was arrested. The mother likely will face a kidnapping charge and has several active warrants for her arrest, Maxson said.