Toddler taken from van wreck in Glendale found safe, mom reportedly was drunk

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Police said a 2-year-old girl taken from a the scene of an early morning van wreck has been found safe.

It all started when officers were called to the scene of a single-vehicle wreck at 75th and Glendale avenues shortly after 5 a.m. When they arrived, they discovered an adult woman in the passenger seat of a minivan that had crashed into the wall of an apartment complex.

According to investigators, a witness approached the officers and told them the driver, a black woman, had gotten out, taken a 2-year-old Hispanic girl from the van's back seat and then left the scene, running into the apartment complex.

Police launched a search of that complex, going door to door. They also implemented a “reverse 911” calling system in an effort to find the little girl.

The toddler was eventually found unharmed in an apartment complex across the street from the the one police were searching. Officers said the apartment where she was discovered belongs to the driver of the van. It's not yet clear why the driver took the child from the wreck scene.

Paramedics treated the child at the apartment, and then took her to a local hospital as a precaution.

Officers say the little girl is the daughter of the injured passenger from the van. Police are still trying to determine the relationship between the driver and the passenger, but it's believed that they are friends.

Investigators are still trying to piece everything together, but they believe the both driver and the passenger, the toddler's mother, had been out drinking and were intoxicated at the time of the wreck.

The passenger was taken to a local hospital. Her injuries reportedly were not life-threatening.

Police took the driver into custody for questioning. She also will be treated for injuries sustained in the wreck.

Investigators have not released the names of the two women involved in this situation.

It's not yet clear what charges might be filed in connection with the incident.