Mother without custody faces charges after taking 2-year-old

Statewide Amber Alert issued after toddler went missing from Wilton Manors

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale police responded to an apartment complex less than 12 hours after a statewide Amber Alert was issued for a missing 2-year-old.

Police in Wilton Manors were searching for Stella Victoria Turley, who they said was last seen between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday at an apartment building in the 2300 block of Northwest 9th Avenue. It was there, police said, that she was taken by her mother, Christine Ammon, 29, also of Wilton Manors.

Ammon does not have custody of the child, according to authorities.

The toddler was found with her mother at about 1:40 p.m. at apartments in the 1000 block of Northeast 17th Way in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

Police said Ammon is facing charges of child neglect, interference with custody and violation of a court order.

The child has since been reunited with her father, according to police.

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