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01/24/06 - American Fork, Utah

Van Taken By Pregnant Girls Found In California

A van allegedly stolen by three pregnant teens, who fled an American Fork maternity home after striking the caretaker with a frying pan, has been found in California.

Tuesday, authorities in Los Angeles County contacted American Fork Police to tell them the stolen 2005 Dodge Caravan was found abandoned. However, no clues or no trace of the teens was found inside.

The girls, ages 15 and 16, are from California, Texas and Illinois. Police said they struck Jana Moody with a pan, then tied her and another pregnant girl and dashed in the woman's van Jan. 16.

They immediately used Moody's credit card to get gas, but there is no other evidence of spending, Police Chief Lance Call said.

New Hope Maternity Home, 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, is a place for struggling teens to learn about prenatal care, adoption and parenting skills. They are sent by their families to get them away from drugs or bad relationships.

Tuesday evening, authorities had no motive for the girls' escape but hope to locate them soon. When they are found they will likely be extradited back to Utah.

Story courtesy of KUTV - Salt Lake City.

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