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DALLAS (CBS) — A woman who allegedly kidnapped her daughter from the Chicago area more than two years ago was behind bars in Dallas, Texas, Friday.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, police say Shavon Crystal Taylor, 33, kidnapped her 10-yerar-old daughter in December 2009 while the girl was visiting her maternal grandmother in the Chicago area, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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The girl’s father had been awarded full legal custody, the newspaper reported.

At one point shortly after the kidnapping, Taylor allegedly locked the girl in a closet for as many as four weeks for “telling the family’s business,” by speaking to a teacher at school about domestic violence between Taylor and her boyfriend, the Dallas Morning News reported. Police reports say the girl was only released to go to the bathroom and to school, and was given food to eat in the closet, the newspaper reported.

Reports say the girl was let out only after her boyfriend, Andrae Thomas, suggested that the couple should just “whoop” her instead, the newspaper reported.

Just this past Sunday, the girl was on Facebook at a friend’s house, where she found her father’s Facebook page and gave him a call. From there, it was a domino effect, as the girl’s father called Evanston police, who in turn contacted the Dallas Independent School District police, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Taylor was arrested and charged with five felony charges – including kidnapping and unlawful restraint. Her bond has been set at $1 million, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Thomas also stands charged with unlawful restraint, and his bond was set at $50,000, the newspaper reported.

Evanston police say they are aware of the case, but it is not clear if they have an investigative role, as the child was allegedly taken from Chicago.