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Amber Alert canceled after Carroll County 9-year-old found safe, sister charged

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Posted at 8:18 PM, May 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 14:23:00-04

WESTMINSTER, Md. — A little girl is safe this morning after allegedly being kidnapped by her sister in Carroll County.

An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night for 9-year-old Savannah Heaton after she was abducted from her aunt's home in Westminster.

Her sister, 33 year old Magen Wallen, has since been charged with multiple counts of child abduction and kidnapping.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the aunt has court ordered custody of Savannah. Charging docs detail that just after 6 p.m. Magen, along with Michael Keith McDonald McCardel and their children arrived at the aunt's home.

The two allegedly got into an argument and assaulted the aunt and her boyfriend, before taking off with Savannah.

The alert was canceled less than three hours later, when Savannah was found unharmed in Edgemere.

Wallen was taken into custody by Baltimore County Police, but McCardel remains on the run.