Girl at center of Amber Alert found safe in Trinity County

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 6:20 PM

DALLAS -- Savannah Hurley, the 11 year old whose abduction triggered an Amber Alert on Monday, has been found safe in Trinity County, a Child Protective Services spokeswoman said. 

Sherri Pulliam with CPS said the girl was located around 2 p.m. Other than assuring her safety, Pulliam had no other information. However, a Trinity County dispatcher said her suspected abductor, biological mother Shelly Jean Hurley, had also been arrested. 

The Amber Alert was issued the day before. Police said the girl's mother had a violent confrontation with a CPS worker at their home near The Woodlands at about 1 p.m. Monday as they tried to remove the girl from her custody. Police said Hurley, who also say is a known drug user, took Savannah and fled, nearly running over a CPS worker in the process.

Earlier Tuesday, the girl's grandmother was arrested and charged with interference. Hours later, Mesquite authorities located the 1996 Subaru station wagon they had been searching for since Monday. A witness saw the car and called 911. It was blocking a driveway at a house near LBJ Freeway and La Prada, said Mesquite Police Department spokesman Brian Parrish.

Savannah was supposed to spend the holidays her paternal grandparents at their countryside home near Greenville. They say they were told not to come pick up the girl from Trinity County yet. Savannah will stay in foster care for the night. Ultimately, a court will decide where she will go next. 

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

 

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