DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have released the 911 calls connected to Tuesday's search for a stolen van and child.
Two-year-old Myrai Robinson was missing for more than three hours Tuesday; the woman watching her, Rhonda Rivers, left the sleeping child in a running van while she went inside the gym at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
Rivers said she was inside for two minutes; when she returned, both van and child were gone.
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Rivers is facing a felony child cruelty charge, upgraded from an initial misdemeanor. She had her first appearance Wednesday night at the DeKalb County Magistrate Court. After her hearing, a sobbing Rivers was led to an awaiting DeKalb County police car.
In Tuesday's 911 calls, Rivers is heard telling the operator she just stepped inside for two minutes.
"I looked back, and it was gone," Rivers said on the call.
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Later, 59-year-old Melba Williams also called 911; she spotted the van in the parking lot at Lithonia High School.
She said the recognized the van and child from a description on the news.
Police are still searching for the person who stole the van.