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Mother accused of abducting child during supervised visitation

Connie Bedwell
Connie Bedwell

A woman accused of abducting her child from a visitation facility and refusing to relinquish her to sheriff’s deputies was arrested Wednesday in Loomis.

Connie Joy Bedwell, 34, was arrested along with a companion, 53-year-old Erin Hale.

Workers at the visitation facility called the Placer County Sheriff’s Office when Bedwell, who is allowed only supervised visitation with her child, took the youngster during a scheduled visit, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies searched the area and located Bedwell’s vehicle on Lucky Lane, just north of King Road. Bedwell and her passenger, Hale, refused to cooperate with deputies, the news release said. Two children were with them in the vehicle at the time.

After negotiation efforts proved unsuccessful, deputies used a glass-breaking tool to break the front passenger window and detain the women.

The two children were taken to safety, the news release said, and the two women were arrested.

Bedwell and Hale were booked in the South Placer Jail on suspicion of child stealing, willful cruelty to a child, conspiracy to commit a crime and obstructing officers. Hale also was booked on a warrant from Sacramento County.