The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office says the missing infant who prompted a region-wide Amber Alert Thursday has been turned over to a guardian who was awarded temporary custody.
According to deputies, the infant's mother, Katrina Harter, 31, previously had two children taken away from her by court order.
The alert was activated after 15-day-old Gionna Harter was taken from a home in Montour Falls around 5 a.m. on Thursday.
The alert was issued by the sheriff's office in the Finger Lakes community and New York State Police.
Investigators believe the mother took the child as she faced the possibility of losing custody.
About six hours after the Amber Alert was issued, the mother turned herself in to investigators in Geneva.
She is not facing any charges at this time.
The child’s legal guardian says she allowed Katrina to stay at her home with her daughter.
Child protective services awarded her temporary custody before Katrina took off.
“The papers had been issued but they hadn't been served upon her yet. She wasn't located and then she left during the night, in the middle of the night so the papers hadn't been served on her so technically the custody hadn't been transferred to the third party," said Schulyer County Sheriff Bill Yessman.
A hearing is scheduled for later this month in Schuyler County Family Court.