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Amber alert canceled; 4-year-old girl found with mother in Mexico [UPDATED]

February 23, 2009 |  2:12 pm

An amber alert has been issued for a 4-year-old girl who was abducted from a mobile home in Thousand Palms by two women posing as social workers, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monica Ruby Morales was reported missing about 9:30 a.m. in the 30000 block of Desert Moon Drive, according to Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela. The women took the child away in a green minivan and are believed to be heading to Mexico, Valenzuela said. Read more at KTLA.com.

Update, 6:13 p.m.: The 4-year-old girl taken from a Thousand Palms home this morning was found in Mexico with her mother, according to the CHP.  Officials have canceled the amber alert.

Update 2, 7:46 p.m.: Authorities said it is now unclear whether the alert has been called off.

Update 3, 8:51 p.m.: The alert has been called off, Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela said. Sheriff's officials spoke with the girl's mother, who said her daughter is with her, Valenzuela said. She said the department plans to send someone to see the girl in Mexico to make sure she is there.

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