LEWISVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - A 4-year-old North Carolina girl who had been missing for about three weeks has been found safe in North Texas. Authorities say she was found in a home with individuals involved with human trafficking.
Raleigh CBS affiliate WNCN reports that Aubriana Recinos and her mother, Carmen Lowe, were last seen in Fayetteville, leading to a widespread search that involved the FBI.
According to police, Lowe took her daughter in violation of a custody order. She was arrested on Thursday in New Orleans.
The child was later found safe in Lewisville. Police believe the home she was found in is involved in human trafficking.
"She was recovered at a house of individuals that were involved in human trafficking activities," Maj. Robert Ramirez of Fayetteville police said. "It is a ring, it's a human trafficking ring that the FBI was investigating and these individuals have other children as well."
The FBI and Lewisville police aided in finding the girl.
Lowe has been charged with prostitution, theft under $1,000 and having an out-of-state warrant. She remains in Orleans Parish Jail.
"The Fayetteville Police Department thanks the FBI and the Lewisville, Texas Police Department for their assistance with this investigation. The Fayetteville Police Department also extends thanks to everyone who shared the endangered missing child information and media outlets," the department said in a statement.
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