3-year-old reported missing in West Memphis found safe - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

3-year-old reported missing in West Memphis found safe

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Malia Dear (Source: West Memphis Police Department) Malia Dear (Source: West Memphis Police Department)
Malia Dear (Source: West Memphis Police Department) Malia Dear (Source: West Memphis Police Department)
WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) -

A 3-year-old reported missing earlier in West Memphis, Arkansas has been found safe, according to officials.

Investigators in West Memphis, Arkansas, worked all day Tuesday to find missing 3-year-old Malia Dear.

It was a mother's worst nightmare, that thankfully had a happy ending. 

"Thank you God. Thank you God," mother Sharina Dear said. "I'm so happy."

Family members reported the child missing after her grandmother, who was watching her, could not find the little girl. 

The girl was found sleeping inside the apartment. Now, just like Malia, family and friends can sleep peacefully tonight.

Officials announced just before 8 p.m. that she had been found safe. She had been missing for more than 3 hours.

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