Amber Alert issued across Calif. for 4-year-old kidnapped by her mom

SAN DIEGO -- An Amber Alert was issued across the state of California for a 4-year-old girl who officials say was kidnapped by her mother in Vancouver, Washington.

According to the alert, Aranza Ochoa Lopez was abducted by her 21-year-old mother, Esmeralda Lynn Lopez, around 1 p.m. on Oct. 25.

The missing girl is described as Hispanic with blonde hair and blue eyes. Officials say her mother is a 5-foot tall Hispanic woman weighing about 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Esmeralda was last seen driving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt with Washington license plate number BLK 1552.

Officers say the girl was taken by her mother during a court-supervised visit at the Vancouver Mall on Thursday afternoon, FOX 12 reported. Aranza had been removed from her home and placed in foster care last year.

Officers said that during a movie, Esmeralda said she was taking her daughter to the bathroom but never returned, according to FOX 12. The mother was already considered a person of interest in a separate kidnapping and robbery case.

Aranza Ochoa Lopez (left) and Esmeralda Lopez Lopez (Photos: Vancouver Police Department)

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