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Selma child abducted by biological mother

Law enforcement officials are looking for a Selma woman in connection with the kidnapping of a 10-year-old  girl.

Shakeda Sims, 10, was allegedly abducted by her biological mother Loraine Hale Flennory, 32, according to a news release.

Sims is described as a black female of medium complexion, five feet tall and 65 pounds. Flennory is described as a black female; five feet, six inches tall and 205 pounds. Both Sims and Flennory are from Selma.



The release stated that Sims attended a family reunion with Flennory in Selma on July 4 after receiving permission from her father and grandmother, who have custody of the child. The father and grandmother were unable to reach Loraine about the location of Sims at 10 p.m. on July 4, according to the release.

After several unsuccessful calls, Flennory said she didn’t plan to bring Sims back to the father and grandmother, Selma Police investigator Lt. Curtis Muhannad said.

“It started getting later in the evening and they tried to get in contact with [Flennory], but she wouldn’t return any of their phone calls,” Muhannad said. “They got a message back from another source saying that [Flennory] was not going to bring the child back.”

Flennory was last seen driving a dark gray, 2014 Dodge Charger, which is a rental car, according to the release.

Police believe Flennory is headed to Florida or North Carolina. The charger’s North Carolina license plate reads CCC-7887.

Police were able to talk with Flennory, but Muhannad said Flennory was disorderly and threatened to cut off all communication. Muhannad said police and Dallas County sheriff’s deputies are unaware of Flennory’s current location.

Police are asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of Sims or Flennory to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-442-7463, the secret witness line at 874-2190 or the Selma Police Department at 874-6611.