Found safe: Missouri girl, 4, allegedly taken from father by mom and another woman

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MOLINE ACRES, Mo. -- Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a four-year-old girl who was taken from her father’s vehicle in broad daylight on Thursday, reportedly by her own mother.


Update: Moline Acres police detectives cancelled the missing person advisory for the child on Friday around 12:45 p.m.

Police did not specify where they found her.


The child, identified as Jailynn Keen, was inside a car with her father parked at a residence in Moline Acres, a town about ten miles north of St. Louis. When Keen’s father got out of the car, police say he was maced by a woman while the child’s mother, Shaunita Charles, 25, took Jailynn.

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The mother and the woman with the mace, identified as Devette Coleman, 50, fled the scene in a 2001 black Buick Regal with Missouri license plates DL3W6W.

Shaunita Charles is described as an African-American woman, standing 5’7” and weighing 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Police described Devette Coleman as an African-American woman, standing 5’6” and weighing 180 pounds, with brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two adult women and four-year-old girl, is asked to contact the Moline Acres Police Department at 314-868-2433 or by dialing 911.