10:40 p.m. UPDATE: The mom of a 10-year-old girl reported missing in Sacramento has been arrested after police say she hid the child in a case of revenge against her estranged husband.

Police say the mother was upset her daughter was dropped off 15 minutes early and she had to race home. They say she and her boyfriend concealed the daughter from everyone.

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The mother gave an interview with CBS13 where she broke down in tears pleading for the return of her daughter as police said she knew where the girl was all along.

Police say the girl was hidden at a family friend’s house. Someone reached out to the police department and informed them what was going on, leading to the mother’s arrest.

She will be booked into Sacramento County Jail. She faces a felony and two misdemeanors for concealing the daughter from the parents, reporting a false emergency and obstructing police.

Police spent much of Tuesday searching for the girl, bringing out community members, police officers and even a helicopter spreading announcements in the neighborhood.

The girl’s father, Don Lee, said family from the Bay Area came to aid the search.


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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento Police are searching the Land Park region of Sacramento for a missing girl.

Crime scene tape is up at Pony Express Elementary School where Laprea Lee was last seen at around 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Her family says it’s very unusual, and that Lee wouldn’t just run off.

Police are investigating the area and have helicopters in the air looking for her.

“I was at work, I got a call. I have cameras, and my camera showed her at 10:55 a.m. At 10:56 a.m. we have no sign of her. We have no sign of her. We’re just looking forward to bringing her home, please,” her mother said.

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It’s unclear why the police tape is up at the scene.