TEMPE, AZ - Tempe police say a child abducted from a daycare center has been found safe.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the 21-month-old boy who was taken from Sunrise Preschool in Tempe Thursday afternoon.
Tempe police say Olivia Mosley forcibly removed her son Javidson from the facility near Baseline and Rural roads around 3 p.m. after learning CPS was going to take custody of the child.
There was a struggle between the mother and preschool staff members before Mosley left in a vehicle at a high rate of speed.
Concerned parents rushed to pick up their kids from daycare after they heard of the Amber Alert.
Allie Sabol was on her way to pick up her son Hunter from Sunrise Preschools daycare in Tempe when she got a text message with the alert on her phone.
"There were just helicopters over this area, and then seeing police officers.. I dunno my heart's beating really fast. 'Cause that's really scary, and I was not expecting that," she said.
Once Allie had her son in her arms, she couldn't stop shaking, imagining another child ripped from the daycare.
"I just hugged him, because this is scary," she said.
Three hours later, police found Olivia and her son.
Tempe police Lt. Scott Smith said Javidson was found in Guadalupe around 5:50 p.m.
Olivia was taken into custody after a brief struggle after she arrived at her home, Smith said.
Sunrise Preschool issued the following statement Thursday night:
Today an unfortunate situation happened at one of our preschools. Child Protective Services alerted us that one of the children in our care was not to be released into the care of his mother. Proper procedures were followed by moving the child to a different area of the building but moments later the child was forcibly removed from our premises by his mother despite every physical and verbal attempt made by our staff to keep the child on campus. The police arrived shortly afterward and we were able to use our surveillance video to assist.
As a leader in childcare in the Valley for over the last 25 years, Sunrise Preschools has made the safety and well being of the children in our care our top priority. We are relieved to hear that the child and mother were both found in good condition. We thank the Tempe Police for their swift action in this matter.
Smith said he didn't know what charges Mosley could be facing. They're reviewing video surveillance from the daycare and police are still deciding what charges she'll face.
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