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She called police after matching with a man on Tinder. It led to a child's rescue, cops say

The girl, reunited with her mother alongside police.
The girl, reunited with her mother alongside police. Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

If you've ever used an online dating service like Tinder or OKCupid, you know to expect everything and anything when you start looking through profiles.

But one woman made sure to vet every one of her matches before agreeing to meet up with them - and this time, she found something that sent her to police.

The DeKalb County woman, who wasn't identified by name, approached two police officers in Lithonia and told them she had met a man on a Tinder. But when she searched his name online, she realized he had a warrant out of Texas in the alleged kidnapping of his daughter , reported WSB-TV.

“She just checked his name to find out about this guy,” Capt. Donnie James of the DeKalb Police Department told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “and that warrant popped up and it just so happened when she did that, there was a group of officers in front of her.”

"Whenever I'm dating somebody, I have to find out information," the woman told WSB-TV. "The biggest fear was when I searched him and found out the little girl was missing."

A nationwide search was called for the missing girl, 4-year-old Saadiya James, after she vanished shortly after a visitation with her father in January, WFLA reported.

"I just want to know where she is,” the girl’s mother Mary James told the station at the time. “I just want to know where my baby is, that’s it ... I just want to know that she’s safe. I want her to know where her mommy is, that’s it.”

Police asked her to meet up with the man, later identified as Nathaniel James, so police could arrest him. But he backed out at the last minute, the AJC reported.

Police were able to track him down to an Alpharetta hotel and arrest him there, and the child was taken to the Alpharetta Police headquarters and interviewed by workers from the Division of Family and Children Services.

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The girl and her mother. Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

"It was agreed that the best thing we could was to reunite Mother and child as soon as possible," police wrote on Facebook.

The officers realized the girl's mother was on a flight to Memphis, and they decided to drive her up to Tennessee, where the two were reunited.

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