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Girl allegedly abducted by mother found safe

A 12-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother last week was found safe on Wednesday evening, police say.

Dystani Heng was found at a home near Jane Street and Finch Avenue at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, said Toronto police spokesman Const. Tony Vella. She was unharmed and in good health.

Officers received a number of tips in the case, one of which lead police to the home where the girl was found.

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'We want to thank members of the media and the public for their assistance in this investigation," Const. Vella said.

Const. Vella would not elaborate on the relationship between the people who were living in the home and the girl, citing the ongoing investigation.

Last Thursday, police asked for help from the public to find the mother and daughter, who were last seen on July 16 near Jane Street and Finch Avenue West. Police said they were concerned for their safety, and alleged that Veasna Heng felt with her daughter Dystani during a parental visit.

The mother turned herself in to a North Toronto police station on Tuesday, but the girl remained missing until Wednesday evening. The mother did not give police information on the whereabouts of her daughter.

Veasna Heng, 31, is charged with abduction in contravention of custody order.

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