An 11-year-old girl from Burbank who was allegedly abducted by her mother and taken to Mexico eight years ago has been found, police announced Friday.
In 2005, the mother – identified by police as Gabriela Barrett, 53 – took her then-3-year-old daughter to Mexico to “protect her from her allegedly verbally abusive father,” said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick.
Police later determined the accusations against the father to be inconclusive, Kendrick added.
At the time, the family had no idea Barrett planned to flee with her daughter, Kendrick said. Police suspected the pair settled in Tijuana, but were unable to locate them, even with the help of Mexican authorities.