Missing Albemarle girl found safe

by: Tina Terry Updated:


ALBEMARLE, N.C. - A Marshville woman was arrested after police said she abducted her own daughter.

Albemarle police said the 7-year-old little girl had just been released from Central Elementary School when her mother, who does not have custody of the child, picked her up from school.

Police said the teacher didn't know that Makayla Simbra wasn't supposed to be released to her mother 27-year-old Brittany Simbra.

They said the teacher had a funny feeling and went inside to check the school records. That was when she learned that Simbra did not have custody of the girl, but it was too late.

Police issued an Amber Alert and found the little girl with her mother in Union County, where the mother lives. Simbra told police she took her daughter, because she wanted to go to the courthouse and regain custody. Police said records show the mom lost custody due to neglect.

"The biggest fear is that the child is not returned or the child is harmed," said Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton.

Makalya's mom was arrested andcharged with second-degree kidnapping.

Wednesday night, she was being held on $50,000 bond.

The child's dad has legal custody of the girl. Police said he is in the military and was at Fort Bragg when the abduction took place. He rushed back to Albemarle on Wednesday night to be reunited with his daughter.