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Missing girl, father were taken into custody at Macon hotel
Steven Spires
Steven Keith Spires

Authorities said a missing girl from Hall County was found Tuesday in Macon with her father, who faces an interference with custody charge.

Brooklyn Smith, 13, and Steven Keith Spires, 32, of Locust Grove, were found at the Liberty Inn in Macon, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Smith is now in the custody of the FBI, authorities said.

Spires was arrested by Bibb County authorities and transferred Tuesday night to the Fulton County Jail. The interference with custody charge is a felony because Smith was under the supervision of the Division of Family and Children Services before disappearing with Spires.

Authorities said Spires could face more charges in the case.

He previously was charged by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office with child molestation, aggravated child molestation, statutory rape, sexual battery and sodomy. He was released on bond Nov. 16 on those charges.

Smith and Desire Hall, 16, had been missing from Alpharetta since Jan. 14. Hall was found Jan. 17 in a hotel parking lot in Covington.

Alpharetta Public Safety spokesman George Gordon  previously said he believed Smith was with a caregiver family when she and Hall “intentionally” walked away.
An Amber Alert saying the girls were believed to be with Spires was issued in the early hours of Jan. 17.

Smith had previously gone missing over the summer from Hall County before being found 11 days later. She left her Hall County residence July 27 and was found Aug. 7.

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