Amber Alert Issued for Missing 3-Year-Old in Worcester

Alicia Cross
August 11, 2017

The mother whom police said triggered an Amber Alert when she took her 3-year-old daughter from a Worcester home Wednesday is accused of trying to kill the child. Police were able to ping Rickheit's phone and discovered that it was last in the Charlton area before being powered off.

State Police said Rickheit made threats to harm the child this evening before taking her from 339 Greenwood St.

"Troopers observed the mother and daughter Ella either sleeping or unconscious in the auto", smashed a window of the vehicle and removed the mother and child, state police spokesman Dave Procopio said.

Trooper Keller Williams smashed one of the car's windows so the mother and daughter could be pulled out.

It was the troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section who spotted the mother and daughter inside the running auto parked in the woods in Charlton, according to the Boston Herald.

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According to FOX 25, Leeann Rickheit, 38, is expected to be arraigned in Dudley District Court Thursday morning to face several charges, including attempted murder.

Ella's name was redacted from a police report of the incident.

The three-year-old child was transported to UMass Medical Center for examination.

An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday night then canceled after the girl and Rickheit were found in the early hours Thursday. "The charges will reflect Rickheit's actions in fleeing with the child, as well as evidence observed and recovered during her capture".

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