Mother that kidnapped daughter in court today

The mother accused of kidnapping her daughter in April is expected to face a judge today. Police say Meshelle Branch forced her way into the apartment in Thornton and took the 22-month-old.

THORNTON - A mother accused of kidnapping her daughter in April, is expected to face a judge Tuesday.

Just after 9 a.m. on April 30, the child's grandmother told police the biological mother, Meshelle Branch,21, and Robert Owens,28, forced her way into the apartment and took her 22-month-old daughter.

At the time the grandmother had an active protection order prohibiting Branch from her residence and other stipulations of no contact.

The child suffers from a potentially life-threatening medical condition that required she be found quickly.

An Amber Alert was issued at 12:45 p.m. and the two suspects turned themselves into police at 1:34 p.m.

The little girl was taken to the hospital and medically cleared following the event.

The charges are violation of protection order, first-degree criminal trespass and child abuse.

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