CPS: Missing 11-year-old girl allegedly abducted by her mom found safe in Trinity County


The Amber Alert for Savannah Hurley was issued around 7:45pm. Authorities say earlier in the day, the girl's mother, Shelly Jean Hurley, 46, abducted Savannah when Child Protective Services came to remove the child from her custody. They say the mother threatened to run over the CPS worker with her car before taking off.

A CPS spokesperson in Trinity County tells Eyewitness News Savannah has been found safe there this afternoon. No other details are immediately avaialbe.

This afternoon, police found the second vehicle they were looking for in connection with the missing girl. A maroon Subaru Legacy was located in Mesquite, which is just outside of Dallas. However, neither Savannah or her mother were at that location.

Overnight, investigators found the first vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, in Trinity County with no one inside.

Another new development -- Savannah's maternal grandmother, Patricia Rutledge, 64, was arrested in Trinity County today. She is charged with interfering with child custody. No bond has been set yet.

A spokesperson with Child Protective Services says Savannah was with her grandmother yesterday in The Woodlands. CPS called the grandma saying they have custody of the child now, and she needed to bring her to them. Instead, she rendezvoused with the child's mother and handed her over.

Sheriff's deputies in Trinity County say a CPS worker went to their house to remove the girl because the mother tested positive for methamphetamines, and the mother threatened to run over the CPS employee.

Officials believe Savannah and Shelly initially fled to The Woodlands area immediately after the kidnapping.

Eyewitness News spoke to Savannah's paternal grandparents late Monday night, and they told us they were frightened for Savannah. Savannah's uncle, Russell Hurley, said family members are contacting everyone they know to bring Savannah home.

"All we hope for is that she comes home safely and that everything comes to an end as soon as possible," Russell said. "That's about all I can say right now."

Savannah is described as a white female, approximately 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds. Shelly Hurley is 5 feet four inches tall and weighs around 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a multicolor shirt, blue jeans and a brown belt.

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