A WOMAN has been charged after allegedly abducting a five-year-old girl from a home in Central Queensland.
The 24-year-old is accused of snatching the child from a house on Malakoff Street in Bileola between 2.45 and 3.15pm on Friday.
Police say the girl’s mother was asleep inside the home at the time and raised the alarm after waking up to find her little girl missing, along with a blue Holden Commodore that was at the property.
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After failing to locate the child and fearing that she may be at “significant risk”, Queensland Police issued an Amber Alert just before 6.30pm.
Within 30 minutes of the alert being issued, a member of the public spotted the blue Holden Commodore in Calliope, 100km northeast from where the girl was allegedly taken, and called police.
The 24-year-old woman from Emerald was arrested and the five-year-old girl found safe about 7pm, police said.
The woman, who is not known to the child or her mother, is believed to have a ‘loose association’ with other occupants of the home, police said.
She has since been charged with one count each of abduction, as well as a number of driving offences, and is expected to appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court tomorrow.
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