UPDATE: Essence has been located and is fine.
Just after 3 p.m., police got a tip that Tonia Shetina, the woman who took the girl, was in a home just south of Fountain.
Investigators searched the house and found little Essence.
AMBER ALERT – Essence Lovato, 2, from Colorado Springs since Tuesday.
She was last seen with Tonia Shetina, 38, who had permission to take the girl to her grandfather’s house, but she never arrived.
The back story is that the Colorado Springs police said that Essence’s mom was having an argument with her boyfriend at a home in the 400 block of Kiowa on Monday night, so the mom asked Tonia to take Essence to her grandfather’s house. When mom tried to check on her on Tuesday, she realized that Essence wasn’t there and Tonia never showed up with her.
Police said that Shetina is a drug user.
Shetina has two children of her own, but she does not have custody of those children.
Essence was last seen wearing a short sleeve pink and black stripped shirt, black leggings and a gray cheetah jacket.
Shetina may be driving a green Honda Accord with a loud muffler.
If you have any information please call 719-444-7000.