Bakersfield area California Highway Patrol officers have recovered a 2-year-old girl who was abducted from her Modesto home by her mother, according to authorities.
The Modesto Police Department reported the child, Lilyana Rivera, was abducted at about 11:50 p.m. the night of Jan. 11 by Silvia Lechuga, and they were traveling to Texas in a maroon sedan with Texas plates, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Lechuga's cellphone was "pinged" in the Kern County area, somewhere in the vicinity of McFarland, then at 7th Standard Road, the CHP said. CHP officers Hector Organista and Danny Ray began a search of the area and, at 12:36 a.m., they spotted a black Toyota Camry with New Mexico plates driven by a woman with a child seat in the back.
The officers stopped the vehicle at Panama Lane and positively identified Lechuga and Rivera, according to the CHP. Lechuga was arrested on suspicion of child abduction and was placed in the custody of Modesto police.
The child was reunited with her grandmother, her legal guardian.