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UPDATE: Police say abducted Modesto girl found, is OK. Mother arrested

Aspen Vanloon and Dawn Patteson
Aspen Vanloon and Dawn Patteson

UPDATE: The child was located in Oakdale and is OK, police say. Her mother has been arrested. No immediate word on grandmother.

Original Story: A 4-year-old girl remained missing Sunday after being taken from her legal guardians by her mother and grandmother, Modesto police report.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday during a child custody visitation. Aspen Vanloon and her mother, Dawn Patteson, were at the downtown Modesto Library to visit with Vanloon’s daughter Aniyah Lewis. During the visit, the women took Aniyah from her paternal grandparents, who are her guardians, police said.

Vanloon and Patteson are believed to be in a gray Jeep Liberty, California license plate 7YPA430.

No description of Aniyah’s clothing was available, but she is about 3 feet tall and 40 pounds, said Lt. T.J. Moffett, who added that apparently no one was injured in the abduction.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the women and the little girl are asked to call the Modesto Police Department dispatch line, 209-552-2470.

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