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Abducted girl, mother located at apartment

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Katies Battle, left, and her mother, Shelly Mitchell. (Source: North Las Vegas Police Dept.) Katies Battle, left, and her mother, Shelly Mitchell. (Source: North Las Vegas Police Dept.)

A 3-year-old girl and her mother, who is accused of abducting her, were located at a Las Vegas apartment early Sunday morning, according to North Las Vegas police.

Katies Battle was taken from her father's apartment in North Las Vegas a little over a week ago. Police said her mother, 35-year-old Shelly Mitchell, who does not have custodial rights to the child, left a birthday party with the girl without permission.

Katies has been in foster care for the past 18 months. Her biological father had been granted permission to care for the girl for the weekend.

North Las Vegas police said a Las Vegas Metro officer notified them Katies and Mitchell were located at the Budget Suites location on Boulder Highway at Flamingo Road about 1:10 a.m.

Police said Katies appeared healthy and unharmed.

Mitchell was booked into Las Vegas City Jail on one count of felony abduction.

Mitchell on Friday told FOX5 she took her daughter because she was convinced that she was being abused in foster care, a claim the child's father adamantly denied.

Mitchell shot cell phone video of Katies and sent it to FOX5 about 11 p.m. Saturday night, hoping we'd show it to police to prove to them that her daughter was alive and well.

That was just two hours before police confirmed that information for themselves.

"The longer she kept this girl, the more concerned we became over whether she was even alive," the North Las Vegas Police Department's Sgt. Chrissie Coon said.

When police took Mitchell into custody, she submitted a report to Child Protective Services claiming her daughter has been abused.

Coon said parents can face felony charges if they remove their children from foster care if they are concerned for their safety.

"If you remove a child from protective custody because you feel she's in an abusive situation with a foster family, you have 24 hours to report to authorities," Coon said.

Mitchell didn't do that, leading police to believe she was more concerned with staying out of jail than protecting her daughter.

"Every opportunity authorities [gave] her to get her child medical attention, bring the child forward, let us investigate that, file a police report regarding abuse – she continued to withhold the child," Coon said.

Police said Child Protective Services will investigate Mitchell's report, but for now there is no evidence Katies was abused.

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