Missing Copperas Cove toddler found safe, mother arrested

Copperas Cove Police Department
POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 12:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:20pm

The mother of a Copperas Cove toddler, who was last seen on August 5, has been arrested, and her child was returned to the care of the child's grandparents.

On August 14, at approximately 3:50 p.m., detectives from the Copperas Cove Police Department, U.S. Marshalls, and the Bell County Organized Crime Unit apprehended Shemeka Denise Johnson in the 400 block of South Second Street in Killeen.

Johnson was transported to the Bell County Jail, pending criminal charges. Johnson provided the detectives the address where Jaelyn could be located. Jaelyn was recovered from a home in the 900 block of South 6th Street in Killeen, at approximately 4:20 p.m. Jaelyn was unharmed, and will be returned to the care of her grandparents.

An Amber Alert was issued for a two-year-old Jaelyn earlier this week.

Jaelyn's mother is suspected of using heavy narcotics, including spice and methamphetamines. Jaelyn was taken from her grandparent's home on August 5, around 9:45 a.m. by her mother. During the last communication, Shemeka stated that Jaelyn was no longer in her care and stated she was cutting off her cell phone so she could not be tracked.

The incident is still under investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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