Woman accused of kidnapping 2-year-old girl captured in Philly

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A woman wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a 2-year-old girl last weekend was captured Friday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Police arrested Maria McKenzie, 27, on Friday, according to a post on the Springettsbury Township Police Department's Facebook page.

She was being held in Philadelphia until arrangements could made to extradite her back to York County.

McKenzie had been on the run since June 5, when she allegedly stole a vehicle from the Royal Farms on Mount Zion Road with 2-year-old Mya Campbell in the back seat.  

Mya's mother had run into the store to get something while the child was asleep in the car when the vehicle was taken at 3:23 p.m. An Amber Alert about the missing child was posted shortly after. The car was found abandoned around 6 p.m. in Philadelphia with Mya still inside.

Philadelphia Police spokesperson Jasmine Reilly said McKenzie was apprehended in the 600 block of Indiana Street in Philadelphia after officers saw her in the area. She was arrested without incident at 1:40 p.m. Friday and is being held at the Police Detention Center until she can be sent to York County. 

McKenzie faces charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint of a minor, false imprisonment of a minor, interference with the custody of a minor and theft by unlawful taking, according to court records. 

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Mya Campbell was allegedly abducted by Maria McKenzie on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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