(Update 5-a.m) Bluffs woman accused of taking her daughter w/out permission, turns herself in


May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Update) –Police in Council Bluffs report a woman who was the subject of a regional “Attempt to Locate” search, turned her self in to authorities early this (Wednesday) morning. Officials say through a joint investigation with the Clarinda Police Department, 23-year old Sara Billi-Kier, of Clarinda,  cooperated with law enforcement and turned herself and her 8 month old daughter Taliah, over to the Police Department in Clarinda just after 1-a.m.

The child was found to be unharmed and has since been taken into protective custody. Sara Kier was arrested and is being held in Clarinda on a warrant out of Council Bluffs.

Late Tuesday morning. the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page, that the Council Bluffs Police Department was asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kier and her daughter. Officials say Sara took Taliah without permission, during a supervised visitation in Council Bluffs on May 6th. The incident occurred when a Nebraska Boys Town Child Organization social worker in charge of the supervision, went to the restroom at a restaurant where the visitation too place.

Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Dave Dawson told the Daily NonPareil that Kier lost custody of her child after Kier tested positive for meth. Dawson said it’s not clear why the visitation took place in Council Bluffs, since none of the parties involved in the dispute are from there.

In a post on her Facebook page early this morning, Kier said she knows she made a mistake, and that people would not understand what she is going through. She intended to turn her daughter over to her grandmother before Kier turned herself in.