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Missing 3-year-old Johnstown girl found in Washington, D.C.

By: WJAC Web Staff

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A 3-year-old girl from Cambria County who was reported missing last week has been found in Washington, D.C., according to police.

Johnstown police said Kayada Martin, 3, of Johnstown, was last seen by her mother and grandmother before Christmas. Police said the child was taken by her godmother, Belinda Hancock, who regularly sees the child.

Police said Thursday that Kayada was in police custody, but additional information was not available.

Police filed kidnapping and child custody interference charges against Hancock and have an active warrant out for her arrest.

There was no immediate information available about how the girl got to police in Washington, D.C.

Kayada's mother told 6 News previously that Hancock is a close family friend and that the Kayada spends time with Hancock over the holidays.

Kayada was at Hancock's house on Christmas, but she never came home, her mother said. Through a series of phone calls and text messages, it was learned that Hancock moved her family from Johnstown to Washington, D.C., and took Kayada with them.

Kayada was officially reported missing on Jan. 14.

Police are still looking for Hancock and are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to call them.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times