GROVETON – Eleven-year-old Savannah Hurley was located Tuesday in Trinity County, according to sheriff’s officials there. According to KETK, authorities say she was placed in the custody of the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s officials have arrested her mother, Shelly Jean Hurley. The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department earlier issued an Amber Alert for Savannah, believed to have been abducted by her mother. Shelly Jean Hurley, 46, allegedly kidnapped Savannah after CPS tried to remove the girl from her home.
Shari Pulliam with CPS says the girl was found in a house by police in the Trinity Cove area, about a mile from the home from which CPS originally tried to remove her. Pulliam says Savannah and her mother never left the area. In a twist to the story, earlier Tuesday, Mesquite police found the car authorities believed the two were traveling in, abandoned in their city. Savannah’s grandmother, 64-year-old Patricia Rutledge, has also been arrested and charged with interfering with child custody.