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Missing Arkansas girl found safe in Arizona; mother, grandmother arrested

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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. 

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