- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut police say a 12-year-old girl who drove off in her mother’s car with her 9-year-old sister has been found and brought back home safe and sound.

Hamden authorities say 12-year-old Rebecca Hernandez and her mom’s car were found in neighboring New Haven on Friday. Her younger sister, Julianna, was dropped off at home Thursday night, hours after the girls went missing.

Police aren’t saying how they found Rebecca. Officials say the younger girl had told them after she returned home that Rebecca still had their mother’s car and was with three males.

Authorities issued statewide alerts for the girls and searched the area for them.

The girl’s mother told police Rebecca had driven her car before without her permission.

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This story has been corrected to show the children went missing from Hamden, not Hampden, and to fix the style on T-shirts.

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