A 4-year-old girl was found safe and a 30-year-old relative was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and child endangerment, San Francisco police announced Wednesday.
Police said they responded to a report of a possible kidnapping around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on Mission Street between Seventh and Eighth streets in San Francisco.
When officers arrived, they spoke with the father of a 4-year-old girl, Fatima Abuzahra, police said, and determined that she was taken from her home by a relative, Enas Birawi, without the dad’s knowledge or consent.
Fatima and Birawi, along with Birawi's 8-year-old son, were last seen on Eddy Street between Larkin and Hyde streets, police had said.
After a citywide search, officers found Fatima, Birawi and her son on Lombard Street west of Van Ness Avenue.
After reuniting Fatima with her father and working with city staffers to give custody of Birawi's son to his father, officers arrested Birawi on suspicion of kidnapping and child endangerment.
She was booked into San Francisco County Jail, with no information immediately available about bail or an arraignment date.
Despite the arrest, police said their investigation remains open and active. Anyone with information should call the SFPD Tip Line at 415-575-4444, or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.
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