6-year-old SoCal boy found safe, mother in custody

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West Burnett and Nisha Burnett are seen in undated file photos provided by the Los Angeles Police Department.

An Amber Alert was issued for a 6-year-old boy, who police say was taken from a Venice elementary school by his non-custodial mother on Wednesday.

A relative of the boy said the mother is mentally ill, taking drugs and represents a danger to the child.

West Burnett was dropped off at Coeur D'Alene Avenue Elementary School, located in the 800 block of Coeur D'Alene Avenue, by a caretaker around 8:35 a.m.
At some point in the day, the boy was abducted by his mother, Nisha Burnett, who does not have custody rights, police said.

His aunt described his mother posing a danger to the boy.

She said Nisha Burnett had a restraining order against her for the next two years to stay away from the boy because of "possible endangerment of the child."

"She's mentally ill," Lia Hein said. "She listens to the voices in her head and acts accordingly. Which is very unpredictable. And she's also doing drugs."
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