(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Massachusetts State Police have located the missing 3-month-old child who was reportedly taken by her non-custodial mother early Wednesday morning.
State police announced during a press conference held on Wednesday that the child and the mother had been located in the area of Waverly, Virginia.
Massachusetts State Police had issued an Amber Alert around 11 a.m. for the missing child who was believed to be in extreme danger.
According to police, 28-year-old Cheryl E. Kozaczek, of 80 Woodmont St., inWestfield, fled with her daughter Gaebria, who she did not have custody of, from her home around 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
State police had credible information that the suspect headed south from New England along the Eastern Seaboard to the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her vehicle was reportedly stopped on Interstate 95-South, south of Richmond.
It was not immediately known why Kozaczek was heading south.
Kozaczek was driving a gray 2004 Toyota Tacoma with Massachusetts registration 85ZH15. The truck bears a Westfield State University parking decal one of its window.
According to police, Kozaczek's mother, who lives at the same address, is the child's legal guardian.
Gaebria's father talked with FOX 25 and said that he had gone to court to get custody. He believes Kozaczek may have emotional problems. He claims his biggest fear is that she will get into an accident.
Kozaczek is facing several charges, including kidnapping.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call 911 or Mass. State Police at 508-820-2121.