Missing Uvalde child found 90 miles away

Meghann Garcia

Managing editor

After leaving town Tuesday night in a car belonging to her mother-in-law with her son and his 10-year-friend in tow, a 32-year-old woman may face additional charges beyond unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Uvalde Police say that, for reasons unknown, Erika Jean Gerdes left the home of Maria P. Arellano, her former mother-in-law, where she has been staying since April.

Gerdes’ 11-year-old son’s friend was to stay the night. The child was reunited with his mother Wednesday evening.

“The ex mother-in-law made attempts to contact the female, identified as Erika Jean Gerdes, to come back or she would call the police,” reads information provided to the Uvalde Leader-News by the Uvalde Police Department. “It should be noted that Erika Gerdes left in the ex mother-in-law’s vehicle, which she didn’t have permission to take.”


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