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Search over; 4-month-old girl found safe

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Four-month-old Khalieyah Pitts is safe and sound at the Greenfield Police Department.

Greenfield Police Sergeant Todd Dodge told CBS 3 that around 10 a.m. on Saturday, 24-year-old Tabitha Rantanen walked into the police station with her baby and a family friend.

Rantanen was placed under arrest due to the status of being a charged fugitive from justice out of New Hampshire.

Sgt. Dodge said Rantanen was staying with close family friends who she had considered to be an ‘aunt' and ‘uncle' figure. Dodge said the family encouraged Rantanen to turn herself in after hearing of the missing baby in the news.

Rantanen allegedly had plans to flee to Florida within the next few days.

Sgt. Dodge said Rantanen and her baby are both in perfect health. The baby will be temporarily turned over to the Department of Children and Families and eventually will be turned over to the New Hampshire DCYF.

The mother and baby are expected to return to Portsmouth, NH where Rantanen will have a scheduled court date.

Police say the New Hampshire Department of Children, Youth and Families was granted emergency custody of the missing girl, Khalieyah Pitts, back on Feb. 13.

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