Missing girl found in Michigan hotel

Oak Park mother who reportedly took child last week taken into custody

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A 6-year-old girl who police say was abducted by her mother in Oak Park on Dec. 16 has been found safe in a hotel in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Police reported that members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force located the mother, Wendy E. Jarvis, 41, and her daughter at about 6 p.m.

Oak Park spokesman David Powers said in an email that Jarvis, who lives in the 1100 block of South Boulevard in Oak Park, is being held in the Oakland County Jail pending extradition back to Illinois.

The girl's father, who has custody of the child, was informed of the arrest last night and was en route to retrieve his daughter, according to police.

Police reported on Dec. 18, that Jarvis took her daughter during a supervised visit at a restaurant near her home.

She allegedly told the court-appointed supervisor that she was taking her daughter to the bathroom and then left the restaurant with her.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Sheryl Oder  

Posted: December 20th, 2017 6:38 PM

I feel sorry for this little girl. Yes, both parents want her, but she must feel like a human ping-pong ball being batted from one parent to the other. Her mother was not wise to take care at all. Now any visits with her daughter will be more restricted than ever. How sad for everyone.

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