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Dec 19, 2012 9:18 AM by Marissa Torres

Amber Alert issued for missing Colorado Springs toddler

Colorado Springs Police need help determining the whereabouts of Essence Lovato.

Essence is a two year old girl, who is 2 feet tall and weighs 28 pounds. She has brown hair which extends down to the middle of her back and brown eyes.

Essence was last seen wearing a short sleeve pink and black striped shirt and black leggings with colored polka dots, a grey Cheetah jacket with a hood and white socks. Essence may also have her pink blanket with her.

Essence was last known to be with Tonia Shetina, a 38 year old white female with blond hair. Shetina is a person of interest in this investigation.

Shetina was last seen driving a 2000 Green Honda Accord with Colorado Temporary Tag 592716K. Shetina and Essence were last seen between 10pm and 11pm on 12-17-2012, near the area of Kiowa and Wahsatch in Colorado Springs.

Officers say Essence's mother gave Shetina permission to take the girl with her, requesting that Essence be dropped off at Essence's grandfather's home.

Police are concerned for both Shetina and Essence since neither has been seen for well over 24 hours.

If anyone has information about this case please call (719) 444-7000; or you may call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (719) 634-STOP (7867); you do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.

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