Buckeye teen faces several charges in abduction of sisters

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

BUCKEYE, Ariz. – A 16-year-old girl who allegedly abducted her two younger sisters on Saturday faces several charges, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said the teen was baby-sitting her sisters, ages 1 and 8, at their home near McDowell Road and Jackrabbit Trail Saturday afternoon when she stole her mother's 2003 GMC Yukon and left with the girls.

Sheriff's deputies learned that the suspect had threatened to harm herself on previous occasions and was known to become easily irritated by the actions of her 1-year-old sister.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued at approximately 11 p.m.
According to information released during the Amber Alert, the teen was off her medication for depression and had threatened suicide last month.

Sightings of the suspect began and as sheriff's detectives were following up on the tips, the teen returned home. The sisters were unharmed.

The Amber Alert was canceled at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

The suspect was arrested and transported to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office District II substation for an interview. She was later released to the custody of her parents.

Enriquez said the teen has been charged as a juvenile with two counts of endangerment, two counts of custodial interference and one count of theft of means of transportation.