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Woman accused of abducting daughter appears in court

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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.)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

A woman accused of abducting and withholding her 3-year-old daughter from foster care appeared for her initial date in a North Las Vegas court Tuesday.

A judge set bail for Shelly Mitchell, 35, at $50,000 on a count of detaining, concealing and removing a child in violation of a custody order.

Mitchell, who appeared via video link, was scheduled to return to court on July 22.

According to North Las Vegas police, Mitchell was sought when she disappeared with her daughter Katies Battle on July 5. Police said Mitchell, who does not have full custody of the child, took her daughter without permission while the girl was at her father's apartment during a birthday party.

The 3-year-old's biological father Evine Battle was granted at the time permission to care for the girl, who has been in foster care for the last year and a half.

Police said the girl and Mitchell were located early Sunday morning at an apartment in Las Vegas. The girl appeared healthy and unharmed, according to police.

Before she was found, Mitchell told FOX5 she took her daughter because she was convinced that she was being abused in foster care.

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

North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Chrissie Coon said, "If parents remove their children in protective custody if they feel they are in harms' way, they have 24 hours to report the abuse and bring their children in the authorities."

Police said Mitchell has a criminal record that dates back to 2006. That record includes multiple drug-related arrests, theft and burglary charges.

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