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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

6-Year-Old Girl Found in Ohio After Kidnap

A Russian woman whose 6-year-old American daughter was abducted from their Moscow apartment this month said Monday that U.S. authorities found the girl with her father in Ohio.

Lolita Garmin, 35, said her daughter Amelia had been separated from her father -- Lolita Garmin's former husband, U.S. citizen Patrick Garmin -- and placed in the custody of children's services.

"I know that she's alive and she's safe now," Garmin said in a telephone interview.

She said she had spoken to her lawyer in Ohio over the weekend and that the U.S. Embassy called her Monday and said her daughter had been found.

The U.S. Embassy confirmed the girl was in Ohio but said it had no other details.

Garmin had been awaiting news of Amelia since July 19, when she said at least three men entered her Moscow apartment, tied up her and her mother, injected them with drugs and then took the girl away. She said the men told her they were working for the girl's father.

Moscow law enforcement said they suspected Patrick Garmin had taken his daughter to Kiev and flew from there to the United States, Interfax reported Monday.

Lolita Garmin, a Russian citizen with U.S. permanent resident status, said a court hearing was set for Tuesday in Napoleon, Ohio, where she said she had been granted custody of Amelia when she and her husband divorced in 2001.

Garmin said she and her former husband met in Moscow in 1995, got married and moved the next year to Archbold, Ohio, and where their daughter was born.

Their relationship soured, and Garmin said she brought her daughter back to Russia after the divorce because Patrick had taken the girl twice in the United States and she feared he would try to do it again. She said she was frightened because she had been followed and had her picture taken.

"I felt it was not safe to stay with her in America," Garmin said.

Garmin said she planned to go the United States as soon as possible to "fight for my daughter's rights and for my rights."

However, although she has permanent residency, she said she needs a U.S. visa before she can make the trip because she has been outside the country for more than six months.