Iowa Mom Surrendered, Returned Infant, Police Say


By Richard Pratt

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 23-year-old Iowa woman accused of taking her child without permission has surrendered to police and returned the infant to authorities.

Police had been searching for Sara Kier-Billie, who police say took the child on Monday during a supervised visit at a Council Bluffs restaurant. Kier-Billie turned herself in around 1 a.m. Wednesday to police in Clarinda. The child is back in state custody. No injuries to the 8-month-old girl have been reported.

Kier-Billie is charged with violating a custodial rights order. Other charges are pending.

Omaha television station KETV reports that relatives have said drug use cost Kier-Billie the custody of her daughter.

A Pottawattamie County jailer in Council Bluffs said Kier-Billie is being held there. Online court records don't yet list Kier-Billie's case.
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