2 women arrested for kidnapping San Antonio girl, both ‘are known acquaintances’ of child

Amarianna Marie Benavidez, 7, was found on Tuesday, DPS says

Mugshots for Nya Fernandez O'Donnell (left) and Nickie Garcia (right) (Bexar County Jail)


Two people were arrested Tuesday in connection with the disappearance of a San Antonio girl.

Nya O’Donnell, 21, and Nickie Garcia, 34, were arrested on a charge of kidnapping, the San Antonio Police Department said. Their names were not immediately released.

While it’s not known what the relationship of the women was with that of the missing girl, SAPD said, “the suspects that were arrested are known acquaintances to this child.”

Amarianna Marie Benavidez, 7, was reported missing on Monday, and an AMBER Alert was issued for her. The alert was discontinued after she was found around 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Madison Oak Drive.

Amarianna Marie was reported safe and in good health, SAPD said.

An investigation by SAPD Special Victims Unit is still active.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.


(Original Story)

San Antonio police are searching for a missing 7-year-old girl last seen on the West Side.

Amarianna Marie Benavidez was last spotted in the 5800 block of Northwest Loop 410 around 1 p.m. Monday. She was wearing a pink shirt, purple shorts and no shoes.

The child is described as being 4 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 70 pounds, with wavy midback-length brown hair and brown eyes. She has a scar on her upper-left lip and a lost tooth on the left side of the upper row.

Anyone with information is asked to call SAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 210-207-7660.

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