The Associated Press
VALLEY VIEW, Texas (AP) -- A 5-year-old girl was rescued and her
mother was shot by North Texas law officers Wednesday after an
18-hour standoff stemming from the child's abduction from a day-care
Authorities threw gas canisters into the mobile home at about 2:30
p.m. after they heard shots fired inside the residence, Denton police
spokesman Jim Bryan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a story in
its online edition Wednesday.
Deputies pulled the girl, Sierra Dawn Sasiain, from a window in the
mobile home and drove her away in a patrol car. She appeared to be
uninjured, Bryan said.
Cooke County Sheriff Mike Compton said the mother, Crystal Dawn
Pinkston, fired at officers, who shot back and critically injured
her. She was taken by helicopter to a Fort Worth hospital, Compton
said. A Harris Methodist Hospital spokeswoman said she did not have
information about Pinkston's condition Wednesday afternoon.
Sierra was taken at gunpoint from the Southmont Baptist Church
day-care center in Denton just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, when Pinkston
threatened to shoot a man who was escorting the children to the
church from a nearby elementary school, Bryan said.
The girl's grandparents in Denton have custody of her, police said.
On Tuesday night, the vehicle Pinkston had been driving was spotted
near the mobile home in Valley View, 35 miles north of Denton and
about 50 miles north of Dallas.
Officers started negotiation attempts with Pinkston over a bullhorn
about 9 p.m. but had no luck. About 9 a.m. Wednesday authorities shut
off the power and continued to try to contact her, the Star-Telegram
Pinkston, 30, faces kidnapping and aggravated assault charges, Bryan
said. She has been convicted of various misdemeanors in Denton
County, including two 25-day sentences in September for criminal
mischief and criminal trespass.
Mike Sasiain, Sierra's uncle, said in television interviews that
Sierra had been through a lot but has a good father.
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"She's a very great, sharp, bright kid," he said. "She knows not to
go with her mom, and unfortunately she was taken."