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Woman Pleads Guilty in Charges Related to Child Abduction, Car Theft

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Fair Grove woman charged in connection with the abduction of two children spawning an Amber Alert pleaded guilty to the four charges against her on Nov. 22.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Fair Grove woman charged in connection with the abduction of two children spawning an Amber Alert pleaded guilty to the four charges against her on Nov. 22.

According to online court documents, Cynthia D. Brown-Heisler withdrew her prior plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty in accordance with a plea agreement.

Brown will be sentenced on Feb. 28, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Police say on March 2, 2013, Cynthia Brown-Heisler, 37, stole a vehicle in the 1100 block of E. Commercial shortly after 1:30 p.m. that Saturday. Inside the car were a one-year-old and four-year-old.

The children’s father, Jerry Blue, Jr. told police he left his keys in the vehicle, children in the backseat and went inside a store for a short period of time.

When Blue came out of the store, he saw his vehicle leaving the parking lot with a white female driving the car and his children in the backseat.

Shortly before 2 p.m. that day, the boy was found walking alone and unharmed in the 800 block of S. Newton Avenue after being dropped off in the area by the suspect.

He described the suspect as a white female and described the woman as an "ugly white lady."

Just before 10 p.m. the one-year-old girl was found unharmed in the stolen car by a family member. The car had been parked in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 400 block of W. Mount Vernon Street.

Police say as the investigation continued, an anonymous tip led to Brown-Heisler. She was arrested on Monday, July 1 and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
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