Amber Alert canceled after kidnapped girl found safe; mother arrested

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Wendy Arrellano

Wendy Arrellano

AURORA, Colo. -- A 7-year-old girl who authorities said was kidnapped from her school in Colorado Springs by her noncustodial mother was found safe Wednesday night, the Aurora Police Department said.

The Amber Alert issued for her was canceled, but police are still searching for a man involved in her disappearance.

Police were following up on leads on the girl when they came to an Aurora apartment in the 1300 block of South Geneva Way about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. When they found the girl inside, they were confronted by the mother, 25-year-old Wendy Arellano.

She allegedly kicked and punched at least one of the officers. She was taken into custody and is facing second-degree kidnapping charges and charges for assaulting police officers.

herbBut police are still trying to find a man, Heriberto Gonzalez-Hernandez, who was with Arellano. They are looking for a gray Dodge Avenger with Colorado license plate DQH-431.

It started when Colorado Springs police said Arellano entered the girl's elementary school in Colorado Springs on Wednesday. The first Amber Alert was issued after 2 p.m.

Arellano lost her parental rights to care for the girl earlier this year, police said.