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Missing girl in custody

Mother faces charges of abducting her child after observant civilian reported seeing them in Los Angeles county.

May 30, 2010|By Joseph Serna
  • Symphony Aiton
Symphony Aiton

Newport Beach police on Saturday took into custody a missing 4-year-old girl and her mother, who allegedly abducted her Friday at Fashion Island, authorities said.

Symphony Aiton and her mother, Angela Marie Aiton, 34, disappeared about 6:30 p.m., when they were having a supervised, court-approved visitation.

With her foster father's permission, Aiton took her daughter to the restroom.

They never returned.

An Amber Alert was issued. Los Angeles police arrested Aiton on Saturday afternoon after a civilian reported seeing her Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Newport Beach officers later took her into custody on felony charges related to the alleged abduction.

"We are thankful for the partnership we share with the public," said Newport Beach police Sgt. Evan Sailor. "This was a great demonstration of how we can work together to ensure the safe recovery of a 4-year-old child."

In March, Costa Mesa police detained Angela Aiton, a Huntington Beach resident, to conduct a mental health evaluation. Symphony Aiton has been in foster care ever since.

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