Authorities locate missing girls, arrest mother who led police on chase

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CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Division of Police has located two girls whose mother took them in violation of a court order and hit a police cruiser.

(Photo courtesy: Cleveland police)

Police said Tamani McCalla, 2, and Talisha McCalla, 4, were taken by their mother, Caryann Sewell.

Sewell was ordered to turn them over to the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services. On Monday, after the hearing, Sewell went to the girls’ day care and took them, in violation of the court order, police said.

Sewell, 23, was also wanted by Fairview Park police.

According to police, she left the girls in the car for about an hour on Wednesday while she tried to get a job at a business on Lorain Road. When confronted by officers, she lied about her identity.

Police said Sewell put her car into reverse and hit a cruiser. She jumped curbs and a sidewalk to get to West 208th Street, where she drove across a lawn, police said.

Officers chased her through residential streets, but terminated the pursuit because they said her driving posted a risk to the public and her children.

Thursday evening police located the girls on Arrowhead Avenue in Cleveland.

Sewell was arrested.

Officers are contacting Child and Family Services.

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