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Polk County family reunited with 4-year-old Lakeland girl following kidnapping

Posted at 5:18 AM, Oct 11, 2016

A Polk County family had a very special homecoming on Tuesday. Four-year-old Rebecca Lewis was reunited with her family days after being kidnapped from her Lakeland home.

The story grabbed the attention of people across the county. The search for this little girl spanned five states before this all came to an end on Monday afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee. Rebecca's family told ABC Action News they are relieved.

Watch full reunion below:

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"This has been a long hard road. Something I wouldn't put any parent through," said mother Melissa Lewis.

The three-day nightmare ended for the Lewis family when a security guard at a Memphis hospital recognized 4-year-old Rebecca and West Wild Hogs. Police arrived just as Hogs tried to drive out of the parking lot.

Investigators told ABC Action News that Hogs, a family friend, took the girl from her home on Saturday, October 8.

The pair was spotted on surveillance camera at several locations over the past few days.

"We never said that we're not angry, but God sent us our baby back. Who can be angry after that?" Grandmother, Oma Mae Lewis said.

West Wild Hogs who was arrested in Memphis where here remains in jail on Tuesday morning and he will face a judge on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. EDT).