Mother without legal custody reports to neighboring police station

WEBSTER — Soon after her father reporter her missing and authorities began searching for a local 10-year-old girl, she was found safe and sound.

Theresa A. Beaudette, 35, brought her 10-year-old daughter to the police station in Northbridge as authorities contemplated issuing an Amber Alert.

The Webster Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police announced they were looking for Lydia Davis around 4 p.m. on Thursday, noting she was believed to be with her mother, Theresa Beaudette. Authorities said Ms. Beaudette, 35, does not have legal custody of her daughter.

The child was reported missing by her father, Todd Davis, who had previously agreed to allow his daughter to stay with mom and another family member overnight. Mr. Davis was slated to pick his daughter up from school, but she allegedly did not make it to school on Wednesday or Thursday. Ms. Beaudette could not be reached, leading police to seek the public’s help in finding the child and mother.

Law enforcement officials had been investigating the relationships and other factors to determine whether an Amber Alert would be issued to aid in the search for the child.

Webster Police were notified on Thursday that Ms. Beaudette, the child, and another relative had arrived at a shelter in Milford, but that the family members “abruptly” left the shelter in a light blue, four-door 2008 Hyundai Sonata. Ms. Beaudette eventually brought her daughter to the police station in Northbridge and was to be interviewed by detectives from the Webster Police Department.

The Department of Children and Families has been made aware of the situation and police continue to investigate the matter.

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