Missing Gainesville child found safe

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Jayden Croce and Estella Mallard

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A missing 3-year-old in Gainesville has been found safe.

Officers found Jayden Croce and her mother at their home, hours after the child was reported missing.

Croce was with Estella Mallard, 28, who met the criteria for a Baker Act and was taken into custody, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

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