Observer Staff

A 31-year-old woman from Eureka, California, Sondra Dean, was arrested on two counts of child abduction by the La Grande Police Department Monday.

Dean was arrested late in the afternoon after the La Grande Police Department responded to a warrant it had received for her two hours earlier. The arrest warrant stated that Dean allegedly abducted two of her children and that they had been reported missing by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, according to a La Grande Police Department news release.

Detectives from the La Grande Police Department then coordinated an immediate investigation in partnership with the Department of Human Services’ child welfare division after learning that Dean and the missing children were possibly in the La Grande area. During their investigation, LGPD detectives learned that Dean allegedly abducted the children from their father, who is the children’s legal guardian.

At 3:51 p.m., La Grande law enforcement contacted Dean, who was staying at a motel in downtown La Grande. She was immediately arrested and taken into custody without incident. The police found three children, Dean’s daughters aged 4, 6 and 8, in the motel room. The children appeared to be in good health but had “very few necessities with them,” according to the news release. Dean has had legal guardianship of the third child for the past three years.

All three children were turned over to the child welfare division, and a safety plan was made for them. The missing children’s father and grandfather were immediately contacted. The release stated that the children’s family members were relieved that they had been found and were safe.

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