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Essex woman charged with kidnapping 9-year-old sister from Westminster home

Magen Wallen, 33, of Essex has been charged with four felony counts of kidnapping/abduction and one misdemeanor charge of child abduction by a relative after police said she unlawfully took her 9-year-old sister from a Westminster home Tuesday.

The girl was with her aunt, who has court-ordered custody of her, when Wallen took her, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

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The abduction resulted in an Amber Alert issued at about 8 p.m., Tuesday. The alert was cancelled less than an hour later when the girl was found safe in Edgemere.

Wallen was taken into custody and is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. A bail hearing was postponed to Thursday at 11 a.m., in Carroll District Court.

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