Kidnapped 8-year-old Kokomo girl located safe in Indianapolis, police say

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Kokomo police say a missing 8-year-old girl and her non-custodial mother have been found in Indianapolis.

According to Kokomo police, 8-year-old Ja’ layia Williams is safe. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

Kolyaun Williams, 30, tells police that his daughter, Ja’ layia, was taken by Sherica Wizzard, 29, from the IHOP at 50 West 300 South. Kolyaun reported the child kidnapped at about 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Police say Kolyaun has full custody of Ja’layia and had recently allowed her mother, who had not been present in the child’s life for some time, to spend time with her.

Without permission from Kolyaun, police say Sherica took Ja’layia, along with another daughter, to the IHOP. Kolyaun went to that location to speak to Sherica, at some point during the conversation Sherica reportedly took Ja’layia and ran east from the business across 931 toward the Speedway gas station.

Police say Sherica and Ja’layia got into a white, four-door Pontiac with dark tinted windows. The white Pontiac was pulling out of the Speedway, stopped and allowed the two to get in, then drove northbound on 931.

Police said the case did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.