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Girls missing from Long Beach motel found; mother arrested

Two girls who were missing from a Long Beach motel Wednesday evening have been located, police said. 

The girls’ mother, Diondria Cherie Davis, 33, was arrested earlier Saturday on suspicion of felony child endangerment, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Davis’ daughters, ages 9 and 13, were first reported missing Friday from the motel in the 800 block of East Pacific Coast Highway. 

The girls were found uninjured about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Davis told police she had accepted an offer from a stranger, a woman, to care for her girls Wednesday and that she had not seen them since. Police searched the motel and surrounding areas and released to the media a surveillance image of the woman who took the girls, whom they identified as "CC."

After seeing her photo in the media, the woman contacted the L.A. County Sheriff’s station in Lynwood, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Police said they were questioning the woman but had not yet determined whether she would be placed under arrest. 

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to contact Long Beach Police Dets. Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. 

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