Child missing for six years found safe in Phoenix

I found several articles about a foster child who was kidnapped out of foster care from Norwalk, California at the age of one, six years ago. She has been located safe in Phoenix, Arizona — curiously, living with a family not related to her. DNA tests confirmed her identity. None of the articles give the name of the child, but it has to be Amber Nicklas. She matches all the other particulars, including the exact date of disappearance.

While Amber was in good health when she was found, she had never been to school. Her name and birthdate had also changed. Fortunately as she is only seven, she won’t have much school to catch up on.


Los Angeles Times blog
MyFox Phoenix
San Francisco Chronicle
Pasadena Star News

5 thoughts on “Child missing for six years found safe in Phoenix

  1. michellefrommadison July 15, 2010 / 4:47 am

    Have the parent(s) been charged with a crime for allowing this to occur?

    • Meaghan July 15, 2010 / 4:50 am

      Not so far as I know. They didn’t “allow” it to occur. Amber’s three aunts were permitted to take her to a restaurant on a visitation. They never returned her. I don’t see how this is the foster parents’ fault, especially if the social worker/court ordered family visits.

  2. Princess Shantae July 15, 2010 / 5:04 pm

    Michelle might of meant the biological parents, did they get charged for this? Cause if the aunts took her the parents must know about it. And they probably know the people Amber was living with later. The new people must also know Amber didn’t belong with them or else they would not change her name and b-day or kept her out of school.

    • Meaghan July 15, 2010 / 5:12 pm

      I don’t know anything about the bio-parents. Obviously she was in foster care for a reason. Her parents could have been in prison, or dead, or drug addicts, or whatever. Presumably the police will sort this all out.

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