Grandparents say missing Columbus child has been found, custody battle takes over

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WANE) – The search for a missing 6-year-old girl from Columbus, Ohio continues.

Although police say Isabella Stevenson is still missing her grandparents are telling WANE she’s been found with her non-custodial birth mother in Fort Wayne.

Brett and Barbara Stevenson say they have full custody of their granddaughter and appreciate the communities help to find their granddaughter.

Isabella Stevenson

“To the people that kept sharing, and it keeps on sharing that post on Facebook and social media, Instagram, we really love you guys,” said Isabella Stevenson’s grandmother Barbara Stevenson. “You know, we haven’t got her yet. But, um, we’ve been having a lot of support from a lot of people.”

They say the 6-year-old went missing Monday and was last seen in Columbus. The grandparents say Isabella’s non-custodial mom had her for a visit but never returned to give the girl back.

Friday, investigators told WANE 15 they believed that Isabella was in the Fort Wayne area and the suspect or suspects had recent involvements in Fort Wayne.

The Stevensons say their daughter, Isabella’s mom, took her even though she does not have custody. They also say police found the girl with her mother but the mom filed paperwork in Indiana against them. Stevenson says she just wants her granddaughter home.

“Monday is her birthday,” said Barbara Stevenson. “I promised I’d throw her a Hello Kitty-themed party.”

WANE 15 reached out to both the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Columbus Police Department to confirm that the girl has been found and is safe. Neither has responded to WANE’s request at this time.

The grandparents say the case has been turned over to an Allen County caseworker. They say the caseworker told them they will have to call the Allen County’s Clerks Office Monday to learn of their court date.

“Follow your heart and your gut feeling,” said Barbara Stevenson. “Even if it’s your child. Look out for the babies. Just lookout for the babies. I would go downtown in a heartbeat and face whatever. If I would do it again I would never let her pick her up.”

Original Story:

Fort Wayne Police are looking for a missing 6-year-old girl from Columbus, Ohio who is believed to be in the Fort Wayne area.

Isabella Stevenson is a black female with black hair and brown eyes. She is about 4 feet tall and 58 pounds.

She was last seen with a noncustodial parent on the east side of Columbus, Ohio.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Tim Hendrick’s phone at 614-645-8534 or Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.

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