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Mother arrested after 2-year-old girl abducted from Chuck E. Cheese in Garden Grove

Social worker pepper sprayed during kidnapping at Chuck E. Cheese
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A two-year-old girl was found safe in Palm Springs after she was abducted from Garden Grove early Wednesday. 

Before she was located, police noted that the child was last seen at around 11:15 a.m. when she was abducted by a woman since identified as her mother, 21-year-old Ileane Shelton during a custody visit.

Ileane Shelton, the 2-year-old girl's mother.  California Highway Patrol

Police say that Shelton she was visiting with the girl at a Chuck E. Cheese in the 13000 block of Harbor Boulevard when an unidentified man entered the business and pepper sprayed the supervisor overseeing their meeting. 

Shelton and the man took the girl and fled from the area in a white Toyota RAV4, which was being driven by an unidentified male who was their getaway driver, police said.

At around 4 p.m., investigators say that Shelton and the girl were located a bus stop in the Palm Springs area. Shelton was arrested at the scene and a man was reportedly detained for questioning.

It remains unclear if the man was the same person who pepper sprayed the social worker. 

The California Highway Patrol issued the Amber Alert on behalf of the Garden Grove Police Department. 

The agency stated on its website that an Amber Alert is the "most serious alert" it issues for children. For one to be sent, there must be specific evidence that a child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.

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