Harford County Sheriff's Office detectives said Thursday they have found an Edgewood woman and her 5 year-old daughter, who were reported missing last month, in northern Virginia.
Amanda Deeann Mitchell, 29, of the 2900 block of Siwanoy Drive in Edgewood, was taken into custody without incident by the Fairfax County, Va., Police Department, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Fairfax Police also advised Harford detectives they also found the child at a local elementary school.
Last month, the Harford Sheriff's Office said Mitchell and her daughter, Sanaa Bailey, were considered "critically missing," after they left their home together on or about Jan. 10 without telling anyone where they were going, causing family members to report the disappearance to police and describing the mother's behavior as "out of character."
The girl was evaluated and found to be in good health, the Sheriff's Office said, noting in its release that "there were no signs of abuse or neglect."
The child will be returned to her biological father, the Sheriff's Office release states, while Mitchell has been charged with one count of parental child abduction. She is incarcerated in Fairfax County pending an extradition hearing.
Detectives say Mitchell failed to drop off the child for scheduled visitation with the father on Jan. 17. Family members told police that Mitchell was known to stay in homeless shelters from time to time, but her failure to allow visitation with the child's biological father was atypical behavior. Mitchell has shared custody with the child's father, Aaron Chester Bailey of Baltimore.
"She [Amanda] had left the family home with the bare essentials and had taken the child with her," Sheriff's Detective Tom Walsh said in the news release.
Walsh did not go into detail about how Fairfax County Police found Mitchell, but he noted the Harford detectives ran down numerous leads and shared information about Mitchell throughout the region.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun