Abducted Girl Found Safe 7 Years Later
Young aunts took baby; she's never been to school
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Posted Jul 15, 2010 6:37 PM CDT
This undated image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Amber Nicklas.   ((AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department))

(Newser) – Details of a bizarre kidnapping emerge: A girl who was snatched as a baby 7 years ago in Los Angeles was raised by an Arizona couple who kept her out of school to hide her from authorities, officials said. Amber Nicklas, who turns 8 this month, was abducted in 2003 and found last night in a home in Phoenix that also served as a palm reading business. The girl appeared in good health, but investigators later discovered through interviews that she was kept out of school and could not read.

Amber was 1 when she was abducted from her foster parents by three aunts, all juveniles at the time, during a visit to a children's restaurant. Two of the aunts spent time in juvenile camp for the abduction, but authorities would not release details on why they took the child or if they remain part of the investigation. It's unclear whether Amber will return to her foster parents.

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Jul 16, 2010 10:48 AM CDT
thank god the police found this child so they could detain her in state custody and put her back into the foster care system. Except for some missing paperwork that would make custody of the child legit and allow her to go to school, I don't see any neglect on the part of the aunts for keeping the child out of FOSTER CARE. I'm not paticularly shocked by the idea that she can't read. There are a lot of people in california and arizona, who for whatever reason do not go to school and can't read. living with an underage aunt would be way better than getting adopted.
Jul 16, 2010 7:33 AM CDT
...on the bright side, look at all the dirty diapers they avoided.
Jul 15, 2010 10:32 PM CDT
Its so sad that she hasn't learned to read. It reminds me of that case in the 70s where some guy kept a girl bound in a room for her childhood, so they found her skinny, walking on all fours, and not able to read. This was huge news back then I just can't remember anything else about it because its 20 years before my time.