A four-year-old girl missing for more than three weeks has been found alive nearly 1200 miles from her home.
Aubriana Recinos – of Fayetteville, North Carolina – was discovered inside a property in Lewisville, Texas on Friday when it was raided by FBI investigators as part of a human trafficking sting.
The toddler was last seen in Fayetteville on July 8, with her mother Carmen Lowe.
Authorities held grave fears for Recinos after hearing that Lowe had fled across state lines with her daughter – a direct violation of a court-ordered child custody agreement.
Lowe was arrested in Louisiana on Thursday without her daughter, after the FBI tracked her cell phone and credit card records. Police now believe she handed off her child to a human trafficking pimp.
Speaking with CBS 17, Fayettteville police officer Robert Ramirez stated: ‘The child was pretty much given to a pimp, an associate of a pimp or family of the pimp for keeping. The individuals involved are not cooperating.’
It’s believed other trafficked children were also found inside the Texas home. Authorities now suspect Lowe travelled to New Jersey and Texas, where she handed over her daughter to the pimp before she travelled on alone to Louisiana.
As of Friday, Lowe – whose Facebook profiled lists her as a former Hooters waitress- was charged with prostitution, theft under $1,000, and having an out-of-state warrant.
She is being held in a Louisiana jail.
Meanwhile, little Recinos has been reunited with her overjoyed father, Mario, who feared he may never see his daughter again.
The duo were seen hugging on CBS17, with Mario telling the news network: ‘Prayers have been answered completely, beyond answered’.