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Missing 7-year-old boy found in Arizona, non-custodial mother arrested

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Posted at 2:45 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 19:38:05-04

A seven-year-old Oklahoma boy that went missing on Monday has been found safe in Arizona. The boy’s non-custodial mother was arrested and booked into jail in La Paz County.

According to KJRH, 7-year-old Austin Cornett was picked up from school in Stroud, Oklahoma by his non-custodial mother, Sarah Hill, on Monday morning.

The two had not been located until a license plate reader spotted them driving westbound on the Interstate 10 in Arizona, about 40 miles east of the California state line.

It’s unclear where exactly Hill was headed.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a trooper stopped Hill's vehicle and realized she was wanted for kidnapping after searching her license plate.

Hill was taken into custody and the child was located unharmed. A second child, a 12-year-old girl, was also in the vehicle. DPS did not immediately say whether she was related to Cornett or Hill.

Both children were turned over to DCS, according to state troopers.

Further details on the incident have not been released by authorities.