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Mother of Abducted Girl Arrested

January 21, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ The mother of Carlie Brucia, the 11-year-old girl whose abduction was captured by a car wash security camera two years ago, has been charged with drug possession and facilitation of prostitution, authorities said.

Susan Schorpen was arrested Thursday by an undercover police officer and charged with possessing crack cocaine and violating the city’s prostitution ordinance, police said. She posted $5,000 bail Friday.

Relatives and friends say Schorpen has long battled drug abuse. ``Nobody knows what she’s going to do next,″ said her brother, Paul Schorpen.

Earlier this month, she was accused of stealing thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry from her father.

Schorpen’s daughter was grabbed while she was walking home in February 2004. Joseph Smith was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing Carlie, and the jury recommended he be executed. He will be sentenced Feb. 13.

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