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Mother Who Dumped Off Toddler on Freeway Remains Hospitalized

April 3, 1989

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) _ A mother who put her 3-year-old daughter out of her car along a highway and drove on to California, striking nine vehicles on the way, has been hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation.

Kimberley Mae Owuor, 30, of Topeka, Kan., was hospitalized near Malibu, Calif., where she was arrested Saturday night, sheriff’s Detective Trevan Woolbright said.

Her daughter, Elizabeth or ″Buffy,″ was found wandering barefoot and confused along Interstate 40 about 40 miles west of Flagstaff on Wednesday. Broadcast of her picture on a Fort Worth, Texas, television station led to her being identified Friday as the daughter of George Owuor of Arlington and his ex-wife.

George Owuor, 29, a native of Kenya, talked to the girl by telephone in Flagstaff on Friday and is attempting to retrieve her from child protective services’ care. But Woolbright said Mrs. Owuor has had legal custody of the child since the couple’s divorce.

According to Buffy and the motorist who rescued her, the girl was abandoned by her mother, Woolbright said. The witness saw the driver of the car in front of him put the child out and drive off, he said.

″She (Buffy) said Mommy screamed at her and told her to hit the streets. She stopped the car and told her to get out,″ Woolbright said.

Mrs. Owuor faces charges in California in connection with nine hit-and-run accidents in three different areas.

″She was apparently playing bumper cars on the freeway,″ Woolbright said.

He said the county attorney had not yet reviewed possible charges in Arizona.

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