Police locate missing 3-year-old Worcester girl

Leeann Rickheit and her daughter, Ella Abbott (Photos: Massachusetts State Police)

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) — Massachusetts State Police have located a missing Worcester girl and her mother.

Leeann Rickheit, 38, and her daughter Ella Abbott, 3, were transported to area hospitals for examination early Thursday morning. Rickheit is under police guard.

The exact charges that will be filed against Rickheit are not finalized at this time, but police say they will relate to “fleeing with the child as well as evidence observed and recovered during her capture.”

An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday night by Massachusetts State Police on behalf of the Worcester Police Department after Abbott was taken from 339 Greenwood St. by her mother.

Police believed Abbott could be in danger, saying Rickheit made threats to harm the girl.