Missing Juneau 2-year-old recovered in California, mother arrested

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Authorities working with the U.S. Marshals in California have safely recovered a missing Juneau 2-year-old and arrested her mother on felony charges.

Jessica L. Rodriguez, 27, aka Jessica Barranco, has been wanted since June. According to court records, she’s accused of violating terms of past civil cases with the child’s father and lawful custodian, Bryan M. Ryder of Juneau. Rodriguez was forbidden from taking the child out of town.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Rochelle Liedike is a spokeswoman for the Anchorage office. She says Rodriguez fled Juneau and was living in the California area.

The marshals say Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday in Temecula, California. The child will be reunited with the father.

Liedike says her agency cannot disclose much else, because the investigation is ongoing and to protect the child.

According to court records, a grand jury indicted Rodriguez in June on two counts of first degree custodial interference. The indictment alleges she took the child out of Juneau in July 2013, and out of state in December. The felony charges each carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

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