Charge filed against mother in case that led to amber alert


The Anoka mother whose 15-month-old was the subject of an amber alert this week now faces a criminal charge.

Yusra Abumayaleh, 30, was charged Friday with deprivation of custodial rights, KSTP reports.

Abumayaleh lost custody of her daughter, Khadijah Abdalaziz Sheikh, earlier this month but picked up the child from her daycare center on Wednesday, leading authorities to issue the alert on Thursday.

The Anoka County sheriff's office said officers believed the child's life was in danger, adding that the mother had been acting irrationally and threatening harm to herself and others.

Abumayaleh was pulled over on Interstate 35W Thursday evening after a citizen recognized her car from the amber alert description. Her daughter was found unharmed in the back seat, the sheriff's office said.

The criminal complaint against Abumayaleh says when she learned from her case worker on Wednesday that her two children were being placed in foster care, she became upset and said she would kill herself, KSTP reports. Law enforcement officers who went to the daycare were told Abumayaleh had already picked up the child.

WCCO says if she's convicted of the charge filed Wednesday, Abumayaleh would face up to two years in prison and a fine as large as $4,000.

The Anoka County jail roster shows bail was set at $100,000.

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