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Missing 1-year-old Volusia County girl found safe

Child’s mother turned herself in to Illinois authorities, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says

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DEBARY, Fla. – A missing 1-year-old Volusia County girl was found safe, according to a Facebook post Saturday by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said the 1-year-old’s mother left Volusia County with her daughter after a phone confrontation with the Florida Department of Children and Families. The Sheriff’s Office said the mother, 40, was unable to be contacted and was reported to be traveling to Colorado.

When the mother learned of a Missing Child Alert has been issued for her daughter, she turned herself in to Illinois authorities, the Sheriff’s Office said. She was then taken into custody on a felony warrant, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said the child is in the custody of Illinois child welfare officials and will eventually be turned over to DCF and the mother will be extradited to Florida.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced Saturday evening that the Missing Child Alert had been canceled after the child was found safe.