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Woman, 37, Arrested, Tasered Outside Cottage Grove Middle School

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Cottage Grove Police arrested a woman they believe is involved in the disappearance of her 7-year-old child Thursday afternoon.

Tahya Yestar Sanders, 37, was arrested after allegedly fighting police officers questioning her about her child's whereabouts.

According to city officials, the Cottage Grove Police Department was asked to check a local address on Sept. 19 for a 7-year-old female that was reported missing.

A Hennepin County court had ordered the girl to be turned over to her biological father but she never made it to his home.

Cottage Grove officials said that during the investigation authorities found information that led them to be concerned that the girl was taken out of state.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, Sanders came to Cottage Grove Middle School and attempted to take her other child out of school.

The Cottage Grove Police Department was contacted and a detective attempted to speak with Sanders.

Police said she became argumentative and disorderly inside the school when asked about the girl's whereabouts.

She was taken outside where police continued to question her about the child.

When she refused to provide any information, police told her she was under arrest for Deprivation of Parental Rights.

According to police, while attempting to handcuff her she began fighting police officers and was able to grab the arresting officers' handgun.

The officer was able to secure his gun from Sanders. She was Tasered and taken into custody.

Sanders was taken to the Washington County Jail and is awaiting formal charges.

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