A statewide Amber Alert Thursday is credited with leading Taylorsville police to a 7-Eleven at 4700 South and Redwood Road where a mother and her 3-year-old daughter were found.
Patricia Reyes Zamora, 31, believed to be a transient, was at a family member's apartment late Thursday afternoon when the alert was issued, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Paul Jaroscak said.
Someone in the apartment notified authorities, and Zamora fled with her daughter, Dulcinea Lopez. Jaroscak said the issue of citizenship is questionable for the father, Noe Lopez, 24, of Magna. Lopez has sole custody of the child.
Police spotted Zamora and the girl at the convenience store a short time after the alert was issued. The girl appeared to be unharmed, but she was being examined at Primary Children's Medical Center Thursday, Jaroscak said. Lopez was with his daughter at the hospital.
The girl's father had dropped off his daughter Dec. 31 at the Woodland Park Care Center, 3855 S. 700 East, where her mother was reported to be receiving treatment for substance abuse, Jaroscak said. Lopez was supposed to pick up his daughter the same day when he learned the girl's mother had left the care center with her daughter.
Jaroscak said the questionable citizenship may have been why Lopez took so long to contact law enforcement officials Thursday when he was unable to locate his daughter or her mother. Relatives finally convinced Lopez to contact police.Jaroscak said investigators will be trying to piece together details of the case, including determining what the mother might be charged with.