Crime & Justice

Abducted Calif. girl, 7, placed with foster family

Authorities say a 7-year-old girl who was snatched from California as a toddler has been placed in a foster home after being found living with a palm-reading couple in Phoenix.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Patrick Maxwell said Monday that Amber Nicklas is with a family in California while authorities investigate.

Maxwell says the girl was living with another foster family when her juvenile aunts stole her from a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 2003 in suburban Los Angeles. She was found last week, living under the name Sandra with a couple who run a palm-reading business.

Their attorney, John Blischak, says the couple got the girl from her biological grandmother and didn't know she was kidnapped. But Maxwell says they never sent her to school and lied to investigators, falsely claiming to have adopted her.

No charges have been filed.

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