Missing Arkansas girl found safe in Arizona; mother, grandmother arrested
PHOENIX — A 1-year-old girl who was reported missing in Arkansas last week was found safe in Arizona, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.
The child, identified as Indiana Tarter, was allegedly abducted in Arkansas by her mother and grandmother following a custody battle last month.
A court in Arkansas’ Lonoke County granted custody of the girl to her biological father on May 1. She was reported missing on May 31.
Navajo County Sheriff’s deputies were notified Tuesday that the girl may be in the Holbrook area.
Holbrook police found the child in a hotel room with her 42-year-old mother Heather Tarter.
The girl has been turned over to the Department of Child Safety in Flagstaff.
Heather Tarter and her 66-year-old mother Jeri Dianna Tarter were arrested on suspicion of custodial interference and are being held without bond in the county jail on felony warrants.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Show Podcasts and Interviews
- Some GOP worry limits in Arizona, other states will hurt their voters too
- Arizona projected to add about 550,000 jobs by 2029
- Arizona reports 601 new COVID-19 cases, 7 additional deaths Thursday
- Reported rise in workplace burnout concerns Valley mental health expert
- Grand Canyon gateway seeks bigger tie to Arizona national park