SoCal Girl Jesse Marie Bender, 13, Destined For Pakistan For Arranged Marriage, Authorities Say
A 13-year-old girl appeared destined for Pakistan from Southern California for an arranged marriage, authorities alleged this week.
Instead, she apparently ran away and hid out in an Apple Valley hotel room in the Inland Empire.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials indicate her mom allegedly told authorities the teen went missing, possibly to meet someone she knew via Facebook, in order to get them to launch a search. What they found?
Jesse Marie Bender of Hesperia hiding out this week in a room with two siblings.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
TicketsThu., Mar. 30, 7:07pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSat., Apr. 1, 12:30pm
Los Angeles D-Fenders
TicketsSat., Apr. 1, 6:30pm
Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Apr. 2, 12:30pm
The mom also allegedly said she did not want to go on a family trip to Pakistan. The girl was reported missing Feb. 22.
San Bernardino County Child Protective Services took the kids into custody as they investigate the parents.
If true, we don't blame the teen for clinging to American soil -- and her childhood.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.