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Missing Girl Found Safe in Texas

Child found safe in Trinity County, north of Houston

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    An Amber Alert for Savannah Hurley, 11, was canceled Tuesday after she was found safe a half-mile from where she was taken in Trinity County. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012)

    The Amber Alert for a missing 11-year-old Texas girl has been canceled after the girl was found safe Tuesday afternoon in Trinity County, officials say.

    The child, Savannah Hurley, was found at about 2 p.m. in a subdivision only a half-mile from where she was taken.  Hurley's mother, Shelley Jean Hurley, is in the custody of the Trinity County Sheriff's Department. 

    Savannah was taken Monday night after a confrontation with Child Protective Services case workers.  At that time, CPS was trying to take custody of the girl after her mother failed a drug test, KPRC-TV in Houston reports.

    The Houston Chronicle reports the child's maternal grandmother, Patricia Rutledge, has been arrested and charged with interfering with child custody in connection with the abduction after she turned over custody of Savannah to the child's mother instead of CPS case workers, as she was asked to do.

    The Texas Department of Safety issued statewide Amber Alerts in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, for the girl, though they said it was possible the girl may have been brought to North Texas.

    On Tuesday afternoon those suspicions were given credence when a Subaru Legacy sought in connection with the girl's abduction was recovered in Mesquite.  However, the girl told officials Tuesday afternoon that she spent the night in Trinity County.  Investigators now say it's likely she was not brought to North Texas overnight.

    Child Protective Services has taken custody of the child and said she will be placed in foster care, officials said.

    NBC 5 has learned CPS has had a case with Shelly Hurley and her daughter since September of this year. The case was relocated to Trinity County after the two moved there. CPS was involved because of suspected methamphetamine use by the mother, as well as not enough adult supervision.

    Additional details on pending charges or what led to the child being found are not yet available.

    NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.