PONTIAC, Mich. (FOX 2) - UPDATE: Tuesday night police said that missing 3-year-old Queen Norton was recovered safe and her mother, who apparently abducted her was arrested.
Shanitra Seay was just arrested by the Atlanta Police Department and will eventually be extradited to Oakland County, the sheriff's office said. Queen Norton is safe with relatives in Georgia.
The father of the 3-year-old girl believed to have been taken by her mother late Monday, saying he believes his little girl is in danger and that this is not the first time she took the toddler.
The original story is below:
Queen was with her dad, Terrell Norton, and her mom, Shanitra, when Terrell got out of the car for a moment at a store in Pontiac.
"I went in to see if I had any deliveries I came out and she was gone," Terrell said.
Shanitra drove off with Queen in Terrell's 2004 light blue Jaguar X-type with a paper license plate.
Terrell told FOX 2 that Shanitra had just returned from Alabama in December after keeping the little girl away for weeks. She said this isn't the first time that she's left with his little girl but in the past, he hasn't called police. This time was different and he says he thinks his daughter is in danger.
Terrell’s mother says they have tried to intervene to get help for Shanitra by calling Child Protective Services
"If I called for help you for came if you are Child Protective Services," said Vikki Brown.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees CPS, would not comment on this specific case.
"MDHHS is committed to keeping children safe and working with families. MDHHS is prohibited under the current confidentiality statutes from verifying whether or not a complaint exists and has been investigated, CPS determines whether a child is at risk and takes the appropriate actions to protect the child," MDHHS said in a statement.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the investigation places Shanitra and Queen in the Marine City area. Investigators ask if anyone has seen the mother in this vehicle to please call 911 immediately.