Cops: Mom, kidnapped girl found in car with blocked tailpipe

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CHARLTON, Mass. (AP) — State police say a Massachusetts woman who sparked an Amber Alert when she kidnapped her 3-year-old daughter was found with the little girl inside a running car with the exhaust pipe stuffed with clothing.

Lee-Ann Rickheit is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges including attempted murder.

Police say the 38-year-old Rickheit called a relative Wednesday and made a comment about harming the child. That relative called police.

The two were found early Thursday in a car in a wooded area of Charlton, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away.

Troopers say mother and daughter appeared to be either sleeping or unconscious. A trooper smashed a window and both were taken to the hospital.

Police say the child is in good condition.

It could not be determined if Rickheit has an attorney.


This story has been corrected to show that Rickheit and her daughter were found early Thursday, not late Wednesday.

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