Mother Accused In Amber Alert Faces Several Charges

2017 08 09leeannrickheit Mass. Police issue AMBER Alert for 3 year old girl from Worcester taken by her mom

State police say that Lee-Ann Rickheit, 38, sparked an Amber Alert when she disappeared with Ella Abbott, three, from Worcester on Wednesday. Police were able to ping Rickheit's phone and discovered that it was last in the Charlton area before being powered off. A trooper smashed a window and both were hospitalized.

She is charged with attempted murder, assault and battery on a child and reckless endangerment of a child.

"VFAS Trooper Keller Williams smashed a window to the vehicle and troopers removed the child and Rickheit from the auto", State Police explained in a statement.

They were found around 3 a.m. Thursday in a vehicle in a wooded area in Charlton after police developed a lead indicating Rickheit frequently visited the area.

Both Rickheit and Ella were reported to be conscious and responsive afterwards.

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Rickheit is being held on a $500,000 bail after entering a plea of not guilty in court on Thursday to all charges. "The charges will reflect Rickheit's actions in fleeing with the child, as well as evidence observed and recovered during her capture".

According to the AMBER alert, at approximately 7:45 p.m., Ella Abbott was taken from 339 Greenwood Street in Worcester by her mother, Leeann Rickheit.

Leeann Rickheit was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester where she was kept under police guard before being transferred to the State Police barracks in Sturbridge.

Ella was taken to UMass Medical Center for an exam, and was doing well, according to police.

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