MCSO: 16-year-old to face charges in abduction of 1-year-old, 8-year-old sisters in Buckeye

BUCKEYE, AZ - Authorities said a 16-year-old girl, who allegedly abducted her two younger sisters Saturday evening sparking a statewide Amber Alert, will face charges.

Deputy Joaquin Enriquez, spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, said the teenager was arrested and transported to the MCSO District II substation overnight to be interviewed.

In an emailed statement, MCSO said, "This investigation is currently on going and the suspect will face charges."

The Arizona teenager, who has not been identified by authorities, sparked an Amber Alert in Arizona after she took her 1-year-old and 8-year-old sisters from their Buckeye home late Saturday evening.

Both sisters were returned home safely by the 16-year-old Saturday night, according to Enriquez. The Amber Alert was canceled at 1:02 a.m.

Authorities said Saturday evening that the 16-year-old was home babysitting her sisters before taking them in their mother's 2003 GMC gold-colored Yukon.

MCSO said authorities learned that the girl had threatened to harm herself on "previous occasions" and that she doesn't handle the 1-year-old's crying well.

According to the Amber Alert, the teenager was on medication for depression, but stopped taking it two days prior.

The first Amber Alert went out minutes after 11 p.m. Saturday.

No other details were released.

Print this article Back to Top