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AMBER Alert for 3-year-old girl issued out of Worcester

AMBER Alert for 3-year-old girl issued out of Worcester

The auto was running and the tailpipe had been stuffed with clothing, state police said, blocking the exhaust.

The mother who triggered an Amber Alert when she took her 3-year-old daughter from a home in Worcester is facing several charges, including attempted murder.

The two were found later Wednesday in a vehicle in a wooded area of Charlton, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away.

Police said Ella was taken from an address on 339 Greenwood St.in Worcester around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday by her mother, who made threats to harm the child.

Rickheit "frequented the wooded area" where she was found, according to information gathered by state police, often sleeping there in her vehicle.

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"VFAS Trooper Keller Williams smashed a window to the vehicle and troopers removed the child and Rickheit from the auto", State Police explained in a statement.

Anyone with information on where the mother or child may be is asked to call 911 or the Worcester Police Department at 508-799-8606 immediately.

Rickheit was later transferred to the State Police barracks in Sturbridge and is scheduled to be arraigned in Dudley District Court Thursday on charges of attempted murder, assault and battery on a child, and reckless endangerment of a child, Procopio wrote. The report said that her head and upper body were covered by a blanket and that she woke up when a trooper took her out of the vehicle.

As per the radio broadcast of the alert issued by the authorities, Rikheit's 2007 Hyundai Sonata was seen in Charlton on the Massachusetts Turnpike.


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