SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A woman is charged with kidnapping, endangerment, child abuse and custodial interference for allegedly making plans for her two biological daughters and their foster sister to run away from their foster mother, according to a police report.
On June 13, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a foster mother in San Tan Valley reported that her three foster daughters had run away. She said the girls ranged from ages 12 to 16 and were last seen around 12:30 a.m. in a bedroom in the foster home. The foster mother also reported that one of the girls suffered from a life-threatening illness that, if not constantly medicated, could kill her in as few as 96 hours.
At about 5:00 a.m., the foster mother checked on the girls and it appeared that they were sleeping. However, at 9:00 a.m. she discovered that the girls were actually gone, and that they had covered their pillows with bedding to make it look like they were under the covers.
During the police investigation, detectives learned that two of the girls were biological sisters and the third was biologically unrelated. Detectives also learned that the sisters had recently been in contact with their biological mother, Veronica Frances Aleksiejczyk-Rivera, whose parental rights had been severed in 2010.
An Amber Alert was issued and officers found Aleksiejczyk-Rivera's vehicle abandoned in Mesa. Detectives determined where Aleksiejczyk-Rivera and her boyfriend Martin Leon-Villanueva lived in Mesa, found the couple and the three girls and took them into custody.
The investigation concluded that the girls waited until the family went to bed and snuck out at 1:30 a.m. to meet up with Aleksiejczyk-Rivera, who drove them to Mesa.
Both Aleksiejczyk-Rivera and Leon-Vilanueva were charged three counts each of kidnapping, endangerment, child abuse, and custodial interference.