Girl found with mother accused of ordering abduction

Girl found with mother accused of ordering abduction
The girl was found with her mother in an abandoned factory in Sainte-Croix. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: An eight-year-old girl who was kidnapped in France on Tuesday has been found with her mother in Switzerland, who is accused of ordering the abduction, according to officials.

French prosecutor François Pérain said the girl was in good health after being found in an abandoned factory in the border village of Sainte-Croix,

Lola Montemaggi, the girl’s mother, was taken into Swiss police custody.

Officials say Ms Montemaggi ordered the abduction of the girl, of whom she no longer had custody, from her grandmother’s home.

Authorities in France previously said the girl had been abducted in Poulières, in the Vosges area, by 3 men who handed her over to her mother 20 minutes later and violence was used in the process.

Mr Pérain said on Monday that investigators determined that the girl and her mother entered Switzerland on the day of the kidnapping and spent the night in a hotel in Estavayer-le-Lac, near the border with France.

The mother-daughter duo went to the nearby town of Neuchâtel, where a woman hosted them for another night. On the following day they were taken to the factory, Mr Pérain added.

The girl will now be reunited with her grandmother.

Five men had already been arrested accused of involvement in the abduction, including 3 persons who allegedly carried out the kidnapping. Local prosecutor Nicolas Heitz said one suspect waited in the car, while two other approached the grandmother pretending to be child protection officers.

A search of the home of one of the suspects in the capital Paris revealed a prepared script to be read to the girl’s grandmother, as well as a Citroën C15 minivan said to have been identified by witnesses.

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