CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A missing Missouri 4-year-old’s grandmother has been arrested after the pair were discovered in a Chesapeake motel Sunday morning.
WTKR reports that a detective from Cuba, Missouri, alerted Chesapeake police Sunday morning that the pair were in the area.
Officials said 4-year-old Sabrina Omeni was supposed to stay with her paternal grandmother for the summer until July 16.
Police said 60-year-old Terry Omeni called Sabrina’s mother on July 21 claiming that she didn’t have enough money to send the child home. The the girl’s mother threatened to call the police if her daughter was not brought back home.
After that conversation, the mom did not hear from Sabrina’s grandmother — and was unable to get in touch with her — since Omeni’s number had been changed. As a result, her mother alerted police and the the girl was listed as an endangered missing child.
When Omeni called the girl’s mother on Sunday morning to let her know the two were staying at the Value Place Inn at 1708 Sentinel Dr. in Chesapeake, Chesapeake police were the dispatched to the motel. They found Omeni and the child, who was unharmed.
Omeni was taken into custody for an outstanding fraud warrant from Dover, Delaware. Also a warrant is pending from Missouri for child abduction.
According to Chesapeake police, Omeni has a lengthy criminal history of passing bad checks and also has been known to go from hotel to hotel not paying her bills.
The child is in the custody of Chesapeake Child Protective Services, but her mom is headed to Virginia and is slated to be reunited with her daughter Monday morning.
Omeni is being held at Chesapeake City Jail pending extradition to Missouri.