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Updated: Wed, 14 May 2014 13:41:26 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Abducted Alberta girls prompt Amber alert in B.C.



RCMP are looking for six-year-old Taya Meisel and her 12-year-old sister Talisha. Vulcan RCMP

RCMP are looking for six-year-old Taya Meisel and her 12-year-old sister Talisha. Vulcan RCMP

An Amber alert has been issued in B.C. to help locate two young sisters who RCMP believe were taken by their biological mother.

Officials say Taya Meisel, 6, and her sister Talisha, 12, were picked up at their school in the hamlet of Brant near Vulcan, Alta., Monday morning.

A warrant has been issued for Trina Marie Meisel for two counts of abduction.

RCMP said Meisel does not have legal guardianship of the children.

Alberta RCMP said the reason an Amber alert was not issued earlier this week was because the girls were not in any immediate danger.

CBC News has learned that Meisel faces 24 charges of theft and a charge of setting a trap to cause bodily harm.

Those charges are unrelated to the alleged abductions.

Vulcan RCMP Const. Greg Hendry said there is no proof that the girls are in danger. 

"All of those factors were evaluated and the decision was made that we felt the children were not in imminent danger and that's why an Amber alert was not issued." 

RCMP said the girls are at an increased risk the longer they are away from their legal guardian.

The major crimes unit from Calgary is leading the missing persons investigation, and has also taken over the files on the other charges that Meisel is facing.

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