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Missing Missouri child found in St. George; mother arrested

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Mar 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-09 14:53:43-05

ST. GEORGE — A missing Missouri girl allegedly taken by her mother during a supervised visit in Missouri has been found safe in St. George.

Police said 7-year-old Piper Ivy Johnson was located and that her mother, Valarie Baker, was arrested and taken into custody.

Baker allegedly "used physical force" to take her non-custodial daughter from a library in St. Charles County, Missouri, Monday afternoon. Baker's car was reportedly spotted Tuesday approaching the Utah state line by a license plate reader in Colorado.

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Authorities said Baker pushed a caseworker in the process of the alleged abduction.