PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A 7-year-old Michigan girl who was taken by her mother to Aroostook County is now safe and sound with her father and sister.
Kylie Grace Charles of Mattawan, Michigan, was reunited with her father and sister on Sunday, said Presque Isle police Officer Ryan Eagles, who handled the case.
Kylie was missing for eight weeks after her mother, Sandra Charles, allegedly absconded with her in the wake of a divorce and a judge’s decision to award custody to her father. Sandra Charles allegedly fled to Presque Isle, where she has extended family.
The Presque Isle Police Department found and arrested Charles on Aug. 11, based on leads from the Michigan State Police, who tracked her purchases. The Michigan State Police “were really doing all the leg work in the case,” said Eagles, who made the arrest.
Charles initially was charged with parental abduction and was going to be extradited to Michigan. But the district attorney in Van Buren County, Michigan, dropped the charge and Charles was released from the Aroostook County Jail, said Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins.
Kylie Charles stayed with extended family in the area until she was picked up Sunday.
“For her to be missing for so long, it was just a really intense experience for everybody,” Kylie’s older sister Kasey Charles told western Michigan television station Fox 17.