Amber Alert Girl Found Safe; Mother Charged

Serena Kaviris
Serena Kaviris
Lithia Kaviris
Lithia Kaviris

CLEVELAND -- A girl who was reported missing Saturday morning and who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found safe.  News 11 has learned 6-year-old Serena Kaviris and her mother Lithia were found in Camillus, New York late Sunday.  That's a suburb west of Syracuse, and about 325 miles from where they started.

Police issued an Amber Alert after Lithia apparently took Serena from a supervised visit at a domestic violence shelter in Cleveland.  According to the shelter's director, a security guard was in the room during the visit but was turned around filling out paperwork when the girl's mother was able to sneak her daughter out through a side door.

Serena has been living with her aunt in Westlake, Ohio for the past year.  Family members say the girl's mother suffers from bipolar disorder and has refused to get help.

The two were apparently found in a motel in Camillus.  Both are safe.

Police say Lithia will be charged by Cleveland Police with kidnapping.  The girl will be returned to her aunt.

Count on News 11 to follow this story as it develops.

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