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Cleveland County authorities find Massachusetts girl after Amber Alert

Authorities from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office located a missing girl from Massachusetts Saturday afternoon and arrested her mother on kidnapping charges.

Massachusetts State Police issued an Amber Alert Friday for a 5-year-old girl, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Multiple news sources reported that the girl is named Alize Whipple, who is 6.

A little before 3 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office got word from Massachusetts police that the girl and her mother, Leeanna Wilson, of Fitchburg, Mass., might be in a home on Yarn Mill Road, northeast of Shelby in Cleveland County.

Two officers found the mother and child there. It is not immediately clear why they were at that house or in North Carolina.

The girl was taken into protective custody until arrangements with Massachusetts social services will be made, the release said.

Wilson was arrested for the parental kidnapping of a minor, and is being held without bond as an out-of-state fugitive in the Cleveland County Detention Center, the release said.

Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said Wilson, 50, allegedly abducted the girl about three days before in a Fitchburg parking lot, according to The Shelby Star. He said Wilson was the biological mother, but did not have any parental rights.

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