Mother Who Allegedly Abducted 6-Year-Old Son Arrested, Boy Rescued

A mother who allegedly abducted her 6-year-old son from his elementary school in Venice was arrested and the boy rescued Wednesday evening after a short police pursuit.

The mother, identified as Nisha Burnett, was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. after she ditched the car and ran with the boy in her arms into a Venice motorcycle shop. 

Officers took the boy from the shop after the woman was taken into custody. 

An Amber Alert was issued earlier in the day for the mother and her 6-year-old child, last seen by the boy's aunt when he was dropped off for school in the Venice area.

Authorities were searching for a gold 2004 BMW with license plate 6WAP644. Burnett does not have legal guardianship of the child, police said.

The boy's aunt told authorities she last saw the child when she dropped him off at school Wednesday morning.

The family says a restraining order has been in place against Burnett for the last year for child endangerment and that she had not seen her son for the last few months until Wednesday. 

It was not immediately clear what charges, if any, will be filed against Burnett. 

City News Service contributed to this report. 

Correction: A previous version of this story identified the child as a girl.

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