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MOUNT HOPE, The Bronx — It was a happy reunion filled with hugs and kisses for 4-year-old Mia Olarte.

Her foster mother was elated to get word that Mia, who has Down syndrome, was found safe and sound. By Tuesday afternoon the two were together again.

An Amber Alert was activated Tuesday morning after Mia's biological mother Dora Olarte allegedly took her from a foster care center on Brown Place in the Bronx while in a supervised visit.

A source tells PIX11 during that visit an ACS case worker walked out of the room and that's when Olarte walked out with Mia.

PIX11 was there when the foster mother, Johanny Ramirez received the news Mia was found.

"I am going to get her now can't wait to hug and kiss her," said Ramirez.

Police found Mia in Flushing Queens around 11 a.m. with Olarte.

The child was taken to the hospital for evaluation then returned to the woman who has cared for her since she was five months old.

Emelyn Reyes, Mia's foster sister said. "My heart is racing can't wait to give her a big hug."

As for how this happened in the first place, during a supervised visit?

ACS is looking into why the caseworker left the room.

Olarte has been charged with custodial interference, act in a manner injurious to a child under 17 and enticement of an individual under 16 by a relative.

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