Mother, Grandmother Accused Of Child Abduction

City News Service

A mother and grandmother who allegedly abducted a girl in Thousand Palms were out on bail Monday.

Sara Lee Almodovar, 36, the biological mother of the child, and Rosa Valenzuela-Walker, 58, the biological grandmother, are accused of forcibly removing the child from her elementary school, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The two women live in Texas.

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies stationed in Palm Desert received a call about 8:40 a.m. Friday from the girl’s biological and custodial father stating that she had been abducted from the school in the 31000 block of Robert Road.

Almodovar allegedly had a physical struggle with a school staff member before taking the child and fleeing with Valenzuela-Walker in a late model sedan, according to police.

Officials located the rental car at Palm Springs International Airport, and it was determined that the two suspects then fled the area in a late model Chevy truck.

California Highway Patrol later identified the truck’s license plate and located the vehicle on the 1000 block of Mojave Road in Parker, Arizona. Parker police were able to stop the vehicle and safely return the child to her custodial father.

According to jail records, Almodovar has been accused of one felony count each of conspiracy to commit a crime, kidnapping and false imprisonment. She has also been charged with one misdemeanor count of battery on a school official. Valenzuela-Walker has been accused of one felony count each of conspiracy to commit a crime and kidnapping.

Almodovar and Valenzuela-Walker were initially booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio, and both were out on bail on Monday, according to jail records.

Almodovar is scheduled to make an appearance at the Larson Justice Center in Indio as soon as Oct. 28. Valenzuela-Walker is scheduled to make an appearance at the Larson Justice Center in Indio as soon as Oct. 27.

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