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Missing Mass. girl safe; mother is arrested

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WORCESTER, Mass. -

Alize Whipple, the 6 year old that was abducted by her mother in Fitchburg has been found safe in Shelby, North Carolina.

Her mother, 50 year old Leeanna Wilson has been arrested and charged with kidnapping of a minor by a relative and reckless endangerment of a child; she is being held without bail.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early, Junior credits the Amber Alert system for bringing this to a swift resolution."We received about 100 tips that led to the safe return of this child. This shows that working with the public can lead to very good results."

The Amber Alert was issued on Friday after DCF and police received information that the child could be in imminent danger. Early speculates that the mother was notified that she would be losing custody of the child, and that's when she decided to take off.

According to Early "It's our understanding that the child got off the bus from school - where the bus stopped still has to be looked at. The child and mother had not been seen after that for quite a while."

Early does confirm that the child was located at a relative's home in North Carolina, but will offer no further details. He says that Whipple will remain in a foster home for tonight police confirm that they believe this case and the case for another missing Fitchburg child, Jeremiah Oliver are in no way related.

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