The call came Sunday from a pay telephone in the heart of Garden Grove's Vietnamese shopping district. Dana Jennifer O'Hair, a troubled 16-year-old who had disappeared with a friend's child the Thursday before, was tired of hiding and wanted to surrender to police.
A police officer who knew O'Hair from a previous arrest picked her up.
Kidnaping charges were filed against O'Hair, but authorities said they did so only so they could be sure she would get help.
"We're not looking to put her away," said Huntington Beach Police Sgt. Jim Dahl. "By filing charges we're keeping her in the system and hope that she gets it (help)."
O'Hair, a runaway, had been staying at the Huntington Beach apartment of Rungrachanee Ruengsri and her uncle, Suchait Ruengsri, whom O'Hair had met at a restaurant.