2-year-old girl missing from Thornton found safe; Amber Alert deactivated

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THORNTON, Colo. -- A 2-year-old girl missing from Thornton has been found safe. The Amber Alert issued Sunday morning has been deactivated.

The Thornton Police Department said the girl has a severe heart condition that requires close monitoring.

She was believed to be with Meshelle Branch, 22. Branch has a history of drug abuse, according to police.

Family members said Branch is the girl's biological mother but has no legal rights and abducted Iridian from her grandmother's house while the child's father was out of town.

Police confirmed the child's mother and an accomplice have been taken into custody.

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