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Missing Hall County 12-year-old found safe
Carmen Clay
Carmen Clay

A missing Hall County 12-year-old was found safe in Spalding County on Sunday, authorities said.

An anonymous call to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office helped law enforcement locate Brooklyn Smith, her father Steven Spires and Spires’ girlfriend Carmen Clay.

The Spalding Sheriff’s Office took Spires and Clay into custody.

Smith was taken into protective custody by the Hall County Department of Family and Children Services, according to a news release from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Spalding County is about an hour south of Atlanta.

Authorities previously said they believed Smith was “at risk” with her father and her father’s girlfriend. They also had said Spires had an active arrest warrant for interference with custody.

Despite Smith making phone contact with her mother and news media outlets “claiming to be in the company of unidentified friends,” the Hall County Sheriff’s Office had said Smith was traveling with the pair in an unknown vehicle towing a large camper.

The trio were reportedly seen in Cartersville on Aug. 1, according to the Hall Sheriff’s Office.

Smith left her residence in Hall County at 2:28 a.m. July 27, and her mother witnessed her getting into a black or dark passenger car.

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