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Alleged abduction victim found in Cleveland County, is OK

Cleveland County authorities say a 50-year-old Massachusetts woman faces extradition after she and her 5-year-old daughter were found Saturday at a relative’s home near Shelby.

The daughter, who was reported to be in good health, was the subject of an Amber Alert.

Investigators allege the child was abducted by her mother last week in Massachusetts and taken to North Carolina.

Leeanna Rose Wilson, 50, of Fitchburg, Mass., faces parental kidnapping charges, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. She and her daughter, Alize Whipple, were last seen Wednesday in Fitchburg.

Authorities in Massachusetts allege Wilson left with her daughter shortly before social services officials planned to take custody of the child.

Massachusetts State Police say they received information that the mother and daughter might be at a relative’s house in Cleveland County.

Investigators with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said that shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. John McIntyre and Lt. Billy Fredell went to a house on Yarn Mill Road northeast of Shelby. McIntyre and Fredell were allowed into the house and found Wilson and Alize Whipple there.

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