Missing 6-year-old girl found; woman held on kidnapping charge

Missing 6-year-old girl found; woman held on kidnapping charge
MISSING: Teleah Wilson, 6, of Shreveport, stands about 4 feet tall and weighs about 50 pounds. She has braids in her hair and last was seen wearing a blue rhinestone dress with pink in it.
Charlotte Hodge, 22 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Charlotte Hodge, 22 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The 6-year-old girl who went missing Thursday afternoon in Shreveport has been found, police confirm.

She has been located safely in Alexandria, and the woman believed to have been with her is in police custody there, Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines said.

Teleah Wilson last was seen about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at her residence in the 3100 block of Looney Street in Shreveport.

Authorities think she left there with 22-year-old Charlotte A. Hodge.

Teleah reportedly had been left in Hodge's care at the residence, police said.

The child's family members reported her as missing when Shreveport officers were called to the 3100 block of Looney Street just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

On Thursday night, an officer working security at an Alexandria hospital knew there was an alert out for the pair and spotted them at the medical facility, Alexandria police Cpl. Wade Bourgeois said.

As soon as the officer went to make contact with them, Louisiana State Police came in and took over the investigation.

Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump confirmed that Hodge is in the custody of State Police Troop E in Alexandria.

"The woman hasn't confessed to anything," he said, adding that his department has a warrant for her arrest on a kidnapping charge.

The charge could change, he said.

Authorities said that Hodge was not known to drive a vehicle and may have been on foot.

Authorities urge anyone with information about the case to call Shreveport police at (318) 673-7300.

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