Police in Granite City, Ill. have announced the safe return of 5-year-old Makayla Christy to her home on Jan. 30, 2006, after a night of frantic searching.
The little girl had gone missing the evening before, and police believed she'd been abducted by her own grandmother, Deborah McFadden. Police say McFadden was out on bail for murder and arson charges, and considered Makayla to be endangered in her grandmother's presence.
Police had originally thought McFadden would take Makayla to Longview, Texas. But when police traced a phone call McFadden made to Makayla's mother, it placed the missing child and her abductor in Fairmont City, Ill. -- just ten minutes from where she went missing.
Makayla and her grandmother were found at the Royal Budget motel in Fairmont City. Police say Makayla was unharmed, and that her grandmother is now back in custody.