Transcript for Woman Missing for 20 Years Found in Australia
a 20-year mystery. An infant who disappeared with her mother from south carolina, now found. The girl's father never giving up hope of finding her. A search that ended on the other side of the world, literally. Abc's tai hernandez is here with that story. Hey, tai. Reporter: Hi, tai. Baby savanna was less than a year old when she disappeared. She was on a court-supervised visit with her mother. The mother somehow got permission to take her daughter to a birthday party. And the two never returned. It's been 20 years since savanna todd was last seen in isle of palm, south carolina, thought to never been seen again. But earlier this month, she surfaced in queensland, australia, alive and living a seemingly normal life. Only now, as samaha, living with her mother, dorothy barnett, the alleged kidnapper. The father/husband, came to the police department to report that his child had been abducted or kidnapped. Reporter: In 1994, savanna todd was stuck in the middle of her parents' bitter divorce. A judge granted benjamin todd full custody. He was worried once the child got out of the country, he would never see her again. Reporter: According to court documents, this was not barnett's first attempt to kidnap baby savanna. Barnett has been arrested by australian federal police and now faces extradition back to the united states. If convicted, she will serve up to 23 years for prison for international parental kidnapping and two counts of falsified passport applications. It took cooperation from u.S., federal and australian law enforcement to track down and nap barnett, who was living under a different name. She has been denied bail in australia, pending her return to the u.S.
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