MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - ?
Aaliyah Linton was back at Union Springs Elementary School Friday after being kidnapped from the school the day before. Her father, grandmother and aunt are facing charges in the case.
Alton Linton, Melissa Brown, and Malaysia Linton were taken into custody in South Carolina Thursday afternoon and will be charged with interference with custody by the Union Spring Police Department, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
An Amber Alert was issued for Aaliyah shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday. It was canceled about four hours later when state law enforcement in South Carolina located the suspect vehicle. Aaliyah was safely recovered by South Carolina officials.
According to authorities, Aaliyah was dropped off by her school bus Thursday morning on the side of the school near a walkway. Witness recalled seeing two women waiting for her and calling her name. Aaliyah reportedly walked over to them and was pulled into their vehicle.
Alton Linton was also allegedly looking for Aaliyah at the front of the school. Investigators say once he realized his relatives had the girl, he took off to meet them, and they all drove away. Investigators said the entire incident took place in less than 30 seconds.
ALEA was notified of the child's absence by 8:40 a.m. Authorities gathered details about the situation and determined there was enough information to meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.
Authorities put out an alert including a photo of Aaliyah, as well as as general description of two females driving a maroon van with North Carolina license plates.
The Union Springs Police Department talked with Alton Linton by phone seeking information on the location of his daughter.
The suspects were taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. central time after being pulled over for a traffic stop along Interstate 85 in Lexington County, South Carolina.
Police have yet to determine the motive for the abduction, but the little girl's mother was visibly overjoyed at the news her daughter was safe. The woman said she would soon be leaving to pick up the child and bring her back to Alabama.
The community breathed a sigh of relief at hearing the Amber Alert was canceled. Several residents, including the mayor, gave the mother money for gas for the travel to be reunited.
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