EDMOND — An 8-year-old Edmond girl law enforcement officers feared for two weeks was in danger was found safe Friday in an Oklahoma City apartment.
Dylana Smith was reported missing Oct. 15 from Ida Freeman Elementary School.
She was thought to be with her biological mother, Dominic Renee Smith, 25, who lost her parental rights in August.
"It was a dangerous situation," Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks said after a joint news conference with the FBI and Oklahoma City police.
The girl was described as tired and scared.
The girl has been turned over to the state Department of Human Services.
Ricks said he expects her to be returned to her aunt and legal guardian.
She was not taken for medical treatment after she was found about 5:30 a.m. at the Windsor Village Apartments, 2500 N Sterling Ave., Ricks said.
"She is a great kid," Ricks said.
"She was concerned about everything going on. It is overwhelming almost to the point she couldn't put it together."
Dominic Smith was arrested at a different apartment complex on a charge of child stealing. She was being held Friday in the Oklahoma County jail on $50,000 bail.
The mother was in custody for about two hours before she told officers the girl's location. Dylana Smith has not been in school for two weeks.
Ricks would not say if the mother was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when she was arrested about 3:30 p.m. at the Olde London Towne Apartments, 5518 NW 23.
The arrest occurred after Oklahoma City police received a call on Dominic Smith's whereabouts.
The investigation was a joint effort by Edmond and Oklahoma City police and the FBI.
Oklahoma City Deputy Police Chief Johnny Kuhlman called the investigation "a lot of old-fashion police work."
"When you knock on doors, you gain information and a lot of that information led to someone making the phone call and the arrest was made," Kuhlman said.
Six of Edmond's 15-member detective force had been assigned full time to finding the girl.
"We literally spent hundreds of hours on this particular case," Ricks said.
"It would not have worked without all of us spending these hundreds of hours to have a successful conclusion."