LONG BEACH (CBS) — Long Beach police have found two missing girls safe and sound.
The two girls — 9-year-old Deony Cherie Goodwin and 13-year-old Sharron Cherie Bess — had just relocated to Los Angeles from Northern California.
The mother — Diondria Cherie Davis — told police that a woman she did not know offered to care for the girls. The family was staying at the Colonial Motel on the PCH.
The 33-year-old mother allowed the woman to leave the motel with the girls and had not seen them since Wednesday. Police thoroughly searched the motel, the surrounding area, and other locations, and investigated the incident. They were able to identify the woman who was last seen with the girls as “CC,” and obtained an image of her from the motel surveillance camera.
Police tell Cristy Fajardo, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, that mom only agreed after a person who lived at the motel vouched for the woman.
Working with media, the police disseminated “CC’s” photo and stepped up the search for the missing girls.
Shortly after the information was broadcasted, “CC” contacted Los Angeles County Sheriffs in Lynnwood, where she was at the time with the two girls.
Sheriffs contacted Long Beach Police, and “CC” is now being questioned for her role in the incident. It has not yet been determined if she will be arrested.
The mother of the two girls was arrested early Saturday morning for felony child endangerment. Her last known city of residence is Sacramento.
The Long Beach Police Department gave the media and the community a special thanks, “for working with us to help locate these girls, and bring them to safety.”
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone who may have additional information regarding this case is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244.