COPPERAS COVE (August 14, 2013)--Jaelyn Gucciana Johnson, 2, who was the focus of a statewide Amber Alert after she was taken from her grandparents’ home in Copperas Cove by her biological mother, was found safe Wednesday and her mother was arrested.
Jaelyn Gucciana Johnson (left) is believed to be with her biological mother, Shemeka Denise Johnson. (DPS photos)
Copperas Cove police detectives, U.S. marshals and the Bell County Organized Crime Unit arrested the missing toddler’s mother, Shemeka Denise Johnson, 19, at around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 4000 block of South 2nd Street in Killeen.
Acting on information she provided, detectives found the girl about 30 minutes later at a home in the 900 block of South 6th Street in Killeen.
She was returned to her grandparents, who have custody of the toddler.
Johnson was taken to the Bell County Jail.
Charges were pending Wednesday evening.
The girl, who turns 3 on Aug. 24, was taken from the grandparents' home at around 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 5, and her grandparents filed a missing persons report on Aug. 9, police said Tuesday.
The couple told officers they talked with the toddler’s mother, Shameka Denise Johnson, last Thursday.
They said Johnson told them that the girl was no longer in her care and said she was cutting off her cellphone so she could not be tracked, authorities said.