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Woman Involved in Westfield AMBER Alert Pleads Guilty in Va., Awaits Extradition

EMPORIA, Va. (WGGB) – The woman who sparked an AMBER Alert out of Westfield last month has pleaded guilty to one charge in Virginia and is now awaiting her extradition back to Massachusetts.

Meghan Campbell, Greensville County Commonwealth Assistant Attorney, says that Cheryl Kozaczek appeared in court in Virginia Thursda for a hearing.

Kozaczek had been facing two felony charges of possession of stolen goods and child endangerment.

At the hearing, the stolen goods charge was dropped and Campbell says that Kozaczek pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Kozaczek was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months of that suspended and credit for one month served. She also faces three years probation, with conditions that pays court costs and maintains good behavior.

Kozaczek, who waived her right to extradition at Thursday court proceeding, remains held without bail at the South Side Regional Jail in Emporia, Va. until January 28, 2013 or until another law enforcement agency picks her up from Virginia.

When she returns to the Bay State, Kozaczek is facing fugitive from justice and kidnapping charges.

Kozaczek’s 3-month-old daughter, Gaebria, was found safe in Virginia. She has since been placed with a foster family by the Mass. Department of Children and Families.


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