The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Said Yvonne Adams, 36, was taken into custody in Arizona. Officials have been searching for Athena Brownfield since Tuesday.
A second man arrested in connection with the disappearance of.
extradited to Oklahoma on charges of first degree. And child neglect, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.
He remained in the Maricopa County Jail early Saturday, jail records show.
His arrest comes a day after the OSBI announced his wife, Alicia Adams, 31, was in custody.
They are described as the caregivers of Athena Brownfield. Who authorities have been searching for since Tuesday. After a postal worker found her 5-year-old sister walking alone near. Their home in Cyril, Oklahoma.
On two counts of child neglect, the state bureau said.
The girl is in state protective custody and was not in need of medical attention. When she was found, OSBI spokeswoman Brooke Orbitman said.
The agency did not elaborate on Yvonne. And Alicia Adams’ relationship with the children. Arbitman said by email that the girls had been in their care “for a long time.”
Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol issued a missing. And endangered person alert for Athena.
The agency did not issue an Amber Alert. An emergency alert for abducted children that reaches a nationwide network. “Because there was no sign of an abduction,” an agency spokeswoman said.
“This case did not meet the criteria in this specific guidance to issue. An AMBER Alert,” Sarah Stewart said in an email Friday.
Penny Brownfield, Athena’s grandmother, said the little girl’s disappearance was “quite traumatic”.
“I got to be strong for my children,” she said Friday by phone from her home in Lawton, Oklahoma. “It’s affecting my kids. It’s really affecting my oldest son, who’s his kid, which means they’re my kids too.”
He said he was desperate for any information on Athena’s whereabouts. “He’s not just going to disappear,” he said.
Trash service in Cyril, a town about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
Arbitman said Thursday night that officials are optimistic.
“We’re just digging for every clue, processing everything we can to see if it can help us identify him,” he said.
Residents with information or security camera video.
And pink pants, according to a missing person’s poster. Arbitman said he has “limited verbal skills.”