Amber Alert canceled after toddler found safe

Posted on: 4:05 pm, December 19, 2012, by , updated on: 05:07pm, December 19, 2012

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police in Colorado Springs have canceled an Amber Alert for a 2-year-old girl who went missing on Monday.

Police say Essence Lovato was found safe at a home in Fountain.

Lovato was last seen with 28-year-old Tonia Shetina. Lovato’s mother gave her daughter to Shetina on Monday with the understanding that the toddler would be transported to her grandfather’s home.

Lovato never arrived at the grandfather’s home.  Police were notified late Tuesday night she was missing, almost 24 hours after she disappeared, said Barbara Miller of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Authorities issued the Amber Alert Wednesday morning.

Tonia Shetina is the last person seen with missing toddler Essence Lovato. (Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department)

Tonia Shetina, 28, is the last person seen with Essence Lovato, 2. Shetina was spotted at a home south of Fountain where Lovato was found safe. (Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department)

Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, police received a tip that Shetina was at a home just south of Fountain, said Barbara Miller of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Police went to the home and “safely recovered little Essence,” she said.