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Mesa teenager extradited to Arizona in case of missing child

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PHOENIX — A teenage girl from Mesa who was arrested in California after she was reported missing with her infant son has been extradited to Arizona.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Madeline Jones was booked into 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix on Thursday. She is currently being held on two charges of custodial interference.

Jones was arrested earlier this month after she was located in Ramona, California, with her 1-year-old son, William Jones-Gouchenour.

Madeline’s parents, Roland and Cassandra, were arrested on Sept. 27. They were first taken into custody at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by Phoenix police, then turned over to Mesa police and arrested shortly after.

Their arrests come one day after police submitted charges against them for conspiring to commit interference in the disappearance of Madeline and William.

Madeline and William were reported missing in June by Roland.

Roland and Cassandra told police that their daughter was going to retain an appellate attorney after she was granted joint custody of her son with Gouchenour, when she went missing.

Before she went missing, police documents detailed Madeline’s efforts to dye her hair and withdraw large amounts of cash.

Police said Cassandra “provided misinformation to purposefully mislead police when reporting Madeline and William missing, making bank withdrawals and providing cash to Madeline to assist in a ‘vacation,’ was present while Madeline changed her and William’s appearance,” court documents said.

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