Bellmead Police report an 11-year-old child reported missing on early Monday morning has been found safe.
In addition, a 16-year-old girl has been taken into custody and officially charged with kidnapping. It will be now up to the District Attorney’s Office on whether she will be facing these charges as an adult.
Bellmead Police Lt. Kory Martin says they received a report of the missing child just after 1:30 a.m.
Martin says the early information obtained was that a 16-year-old girl from Crawford stole her grandmother’s vehicle and may have picked the child up sometime in the middle of the night without the consent or knowledge of the parents who reported their child missing.
Bellmead Police got a report the vehicle and missing girl had been seen around 7:30 a.m. Officers located the vehicle in the 4400 block of Michigan, near the 11-year-old’s home. The child reported missing was quickly returned to her parents and was uninjured.
The 16-year-old was taken into custody for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and was transported to the Bill Logue Juvenile Justice Center.
Martin said on mid-Monday morning the incident remained under investigation and other charges may be pending. He said officers were not releasing anything on what the intent might have been, but did say the two girls are friends.
“You have to get these things done quickly. Most everybody these days understands that the length of time is crucial. The longer we wait, the further they can go,” Martin says.
FOX44 spoke with Kasey, the victim’s father, whose last name we are not releasing to protect his daughter.
“You don’t know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night and your daughter is missing,” Kasey says.
Kasey has just been through the worst nightmare any parent can experience. He explains he was against the friendship between the two girls.
“Even after the worst seven hours of my life, I have no hurt feelings toward her. I want her – she still has a lot of life to live, I hope she learns from this,” Kasey says.
Police are also investigating the 16-year- old for driving without a license and stealing a car from her grandmother.
Kasey applauds police for their quick response and a community support.
“Thank you all. Keep our family in your prayers and just give us some space and let us get through this,” Kasey says.
Martin has a message for teens, “Let your parents know what is going on. Let them be a part of your life even if you are worried about what the consequences may be because adults are understanding.”