Amber Alert canceled; Missing 2-year-old girl found

Alizae Rene Mata was found late Thursday night, hours after Amber Alert was issued

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Alizae Mata, Jessenia Saldana

HOUSTON - The Houston Police Department has canceled an Amber Alert for for a 2-year-old girl who disappeared with a family friend after the child was found late Thursday night.

Police said Alizae Mata's mother allowed Jessenia Saldana, 22, to take her daughter to run errands about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. They were supposed to return in the afternoon, but they did not come home.

Detectives said Alizae and Saldana were found at an apartment complex in the 8400 block of Broadway about 11:30 p.m. Someone other than Saldana was the apartment's tenant, but police said that person did not appear to have anything to do with Alizae's disappearance.

Alizae was OK, but police recommended that her mother take her to a hospital as a precaution.

Investigators have not said why Saldana took Alizae for so long, but she will face a kidnapping charge.

The Amber Alert was issued for Alizae on Thursday evening, more than 24 hours after she disappeared.

Crystal Mata said she thought her missing 2-year-old daughter had been found safe earlier Thursday, but her hopes were dashed when she got to the hospital to see her.

Mata told KPRC Local 2 shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday that she had received a voicemail from Saldana, letting her know that the two were at Memorial Hermann Hospital and were OK. About 6:30 p.m., she said that her daughter was not there.

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