Massachusetts State Police issue 'Amber Alert' for 3-year-old girl

Marcus Newton
August 11, 2017

Investigators said that 3-year-old Ella Abbott was taken from her home on Greenwood Street in Worcester around 7:45 her mother, 38-year-old Leeann Rickheit. She was medically cleared and is being held at the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge on the charges of "attempted murder, assault and battery on a child, and reckless endangerment of a child", State Police spokesperson DaveProcopio said.

The two were found later Wednesday in a auto in a wooded area of Charlton, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away.

The pair were found early next morning, sitting in Rickheit's vehicle, the tailpipe of which had been stuffed with clothing in an apparent attempt to fill the auto with unsafe fumes, CBS Boston reported.

Police believe Ella is with her mother, Lee-Ann Abbott Rickheit. "Trooper Keller Williams smashed a window to the vehicle and troopers removed the child and Rickheit from the auto".

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Two ambulances were called to the scene and the toddler was transported to UMASS Medical Center and Rickheit to St. Vincent's in Worcester. "She has a history in the Charlton area was thought to be recently traveling on the Mass Pike in that area", said a spokesperson for Massachusetts State Police. The attorney representing Rickheit said that his client didn't think any harm would come to her daughter because she "cracked open a window".

The correct charges against Leeann Rickheit are as yet hazy as state and neighborhood police explore.

Rickheit will be arraigned in Dudley District Court.

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