Missing, endangered 4-year-old NC girl found safe in Texas, police say

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The missing 4-year-old Fayetteville girl who authorities had considered endangered is now safe after being located in Texas, according to Fayetteville police.

Aubriana Recinos, 4, was reported missing on July 8, along with her 23-year-old mother, Carmen Lowe.

As the missing person investigation continued to progress, detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department say they obtained information that Lowe took her daughter out of North Carolina, in direct violation of a custody order issued by a Cumberland County judge.

Police believe Lowe traveled to New Jersey and Louisiana after leaving North Carolina with her daughter.

Lowe was arrested Thursday in New Orleans, Louisiana, after she was served a warrant for felony custody order violation.

Arrest records updated on Friday morning show that Lowe is charged with prostitution, theft under $1,000, and having an out of state warrant. She is currently being held in the Orleans Parish Jail.

An AMBER alert was not issued due to alert criteria, and police said the facts did not meet the AMBER alert criteria.

Despite being unable to issue an AMBER alert, Aubriana was believed to be endangered.

According to Fayetteville police, Recinos was located safe in Lewisville, Texas.

She was found in a home there with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lewisville Police Department, police said.

“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,” police said in a news release.

This remains an ongoing criminal investigation.

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