TAYLOR (WWJ) – An Amber Alert has been cancelled for an 8-year-old girl who was reported missing from a hotel along Telegraph Road, and her parents are now under arrest.
Haley Poupard was found safe Wednesday morning at her Dearborn Heights home, nearly five hours after her parents reported her missing around 3:30 a.m. from the Comfort Inn and Suites near Ecorse Road and I-94 in Taylor.
Police say the girl’s parents told them that they arrived at the hotel with their three children and left Haley, who was sleeping, in their truck while they went inside. When they returned to their vehicle, Haley had apparently vanished. But as it turns out, the girl was never there in the first place.
According to reports, the family ended up at the hotel after being evicted from their Dearborn Heights home. Police say the parents loaded up their vehicles and left the home in such a rush, they apparently forgot Haley behind.
“I am happy to report that she has been recovered, alive and well,” Taylor Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said, adding that Haley was sleeping inside her home when police found her.
Sclabassi said the parents are now in custody, pending possible charges that include child neglect. Haley and her siblings, ages 10 and 16, were turned over to the custody of a grandparent.
“You know, I think she doesn’t really realize what happened this morning,” Sclabassi said. “I actually just saw her in the station and she looked like she was still waking up, a little groggy — and again, fortunately, I think she’s perhaps unaware of what unfolded this morning.”
Reporting live from the scene, WWJ’s Mike Campbell said police seemed rather interested in the family’s vehicle, a pickup truck full of boxes, clothes and other items, parked skewed across the lines.
As investigators were searching for Haley, the parents and other children were taken to the police station to be interviewed by detectives. K9 units were brought in to search the surrounding area.
The case remains under investigation.