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‘Armed and dangerous’ mom in custody; AMBER Alert cancelled

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Posted at 8:46 AM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-16 08:48:16-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. -- A Virginia mother was taken into custody and her children found safe about four hours after a statewide AMBER Alert was issued Saturday morning.

The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office issued the AMBER Alert after a 12-year-old boy and his baby sister were taken by their mother, investigators said.

"The incident occurred at approximately 9:27 pm Friday, July 15, 2016. The offender, who is considered armed and dangerous, was last seen driving a 2009 gold/beige Cadillac CTS with a possible TN tag 9A25S2," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook.

The statewide AMBER Alert was issued at about 2 a.m. It was cancelled, after the children were recovered, at about 6 a.m.

"The Amber Alert issued earlier this morning has been lifted. The children, along with Julie M. Busacco, were located in Marion, VA. The children are safe and [Julie] Busacco is in police custody," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook. "Assisting the Washington County VA Sheriff’s Office with this investigation were the Marion Police Department, the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal Service."

Julie M. Busacco, 38, of Abingdon, was charged with abduction, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and brandishing a firearm. No details about the abducted were released.