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PD: Mother arrested in Tonopah after taking child in 2018

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Posted at 9:54 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 13:14:00-04

MESA, AZ — An hours-long police situation in Tonopah is being linked to a 2018 case where a child, who has now removed from the home, was taken by the mother.

In 2018, a Mesa Police Department domestic violence detective received a case involving custodial interference. The detective had been working ever since to locate the child taken by the mother, now identified as Christina Horton.

On Wednesday, law enforcement officers from several agencies were called to a home near 419th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Officials with the Mesa Police Department says that’s where Horton was located. She had a felony warrant for custodial interference.

She initially refused to come outside but eventually surrendered. She was taken into custody and booked into the Mesa Jail.

Her son was turned over to the Department of Child Safety.

Authorities say while at the jail, Horton claimed to be six months pregnant and to have coronavirus. Because of her claims, she was released from custody.

The investigation remains ongoing and other details of the original case haven’t been provided.

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