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As detectives began to focus on the Bender family, they learned that a relative was hiding Jessie in the nearby town of Apple Valley out of fear that she would be taken to Pakistan.
That relative led detectives to the hotel early Wednesday. Jesse's three siblings were also taken into child protective custody pending the completion of the investigation, Bachman said.
"All of the information that was obtained by investigators will be sent to the district attorney's office for review, I'm sure they'll make some sort of recommendation," Bachman said. (1)
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office was reviewing the case for possible criminal charges against members of her family.
Walker said Jessie and her mother were American but that the girl's stepfather was a Pakistani native. It was not immediately clear if the girl's mother and stepfather are married.
"She was afraid to go to Pakistan and she didn't want to go back home because she was scared," Walker said. "We're just glad she's OK." (2)