Guardian Speaks After Reunion With Missing Shoals Toddler

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A custody battle turned into a nationwide search for a Shoals toddler on Tuesday, but came to a peaceful end the next day.

Tuscumbia Police report Tina Vaughn, the grandmother wanted for questioning in connection with this case is in custody.  The child has been turned over to her legal guardian.

The guardian and baby’s aunt, Pamela Hollander spoke with WHNT News 19 moments after her reunion with niece, Salina Davis.

The baby’s aunt says she was overcome with joy when investigators handed over the child.

“I’m very excited, very excited, she was smiling the whole time on the way over here,” said Hollander.

Shoals investigators surrounded a house on Virginia Avenue in Florence Wednesday morning.

Finally, a detective walked out with the child in his arms.  Salina Davis was healthy and safe.

Hollander admits she worries about the environment the toddler was exposed to while she was in the care of her grandmother, Tina Vaughn.

But now the baby’s aunt says, she plans to focus on the future.

“She’s been tossed around her whole life so yeah, trying to get her back situated,” said Hollander.

Currently, Vaughn is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on outstanding warrants.

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