A 3-month-old Westfield girl who State Police said was abducted by her mother, who did not have legal custody of the baby, was found unharmed in Virginia on Wednesday after going missing for most of the day and sparking an Amber Alert, State Police said.
The alert was issued for Gaebria Kozaczek Wednesday morning after she was discovered to have been taken by her mother, Cheryl E. Kozaczek, 28, of Westfield, State Police said.
Kozaczek, who was driving a gray Toyota Tacoma, was stopped and arrested without incident by Virginia State Police on Interstate 95 in Waverly, Va., around 2:45 p.m., Massachusetts State Police said. The Amber Alert was issued because there was fear for the child’s safety, authorities said.
Kozaczek is being held at the South Side Regional Jail in Emporia, Va., pending her arraignment as a fugitive from justice.
Virginia authorities will also arrange rendition to Massachusetts, State Police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement.
Procopio also said that along with kidnapping, it is likely that Kozaczek will be charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, as it was found that the truck was registered to a family member.