Young Girl Abducted from Billings Found in North Dakota

Girl was previously removed from her mother's custody

By Dillon Tabish

BILLINGS — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl who was abducted by her mother been found safe North Dakota.

Montana authorities on Monday issued an Amber Alert for Maripoza Halbert, who was previously removed from her mother’s custody.

The mother, Velia Collins, was granted a weekend visit with the girl but did not return her to state custody.

Billings police say the girl and her mother were found in a motel in Bismarck Monday morning. The girl was taken into protective custody by North Dakota Social Services.

Collins was arrested and faces a charge of custodial interference.


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