A 22-year-old woman who is believed to have been abducted by her mother more than 14 years ago has been found safe in southern California and her mother was arrested, Walnut Creek police reported today.Jessica Click-Hill was 7 years old when her mother, Wendy Hill, 52, allegedly abducted her in Redlands, Calif. in 1995, Walnut Creek police Sgt. Tom Cashion said today.Click-Hill’s father, Dean Click, who lived in Walnut Creek,reported the case to Walnut Creek police and the case became their investigation, Cashion said.Jessica Click-Hill’s parents had been going through a custody battle when Wendy Hill allegedly disappeared with the child, who had been with her at the time, Cashion said.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip about the possible whereabouts of Wendy Hill and notified authorities. Walnut Creek police and the FBI followed the lead and, on Tuesday, arrested Wendy Hill in Monrovia, Calif. in Los Angeles County, where she was going by the name Gail Jackson, police said.Walnut Creek police detectives went to Monrovia, where they interviewed Wendy Hill, Cashion said.At first she denied that her name was Wendy Hill and denied any involvement in her daughter’s alleged abduction, but eventually confessed to taking the child, Cashion said. Wendy Hill was arrested and taken to Contra Costa County, where she was booked into county jail in Martinez, police said.Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said today Wendy Hill posted bail Thursday and has been released from custody.The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office had filed charges against Wendy Hill in 1996 for unlawfully taking Jessica Click-Hill from her legal custodian, police said. In 1997, the FBI issued a warrant for her arrest for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, police said.
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