Authorities Tuesday were searching for a 1-year-old girl and her grandmother who have not been seen since a court hearing that ordered the woman to relinquish custody of the girl.

Sylvia Velasco was ordered on Aug. 4 to release her granddaughter, Serenity Velasco, to the Department of Children and Family Services, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Sylvia Velasco has not relinquished custody of her granddaughter and neither have been seen since the order to release custody was given.

Serenity is 2-feet-7 inches tall and weighs 23 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Sylvia Velasco is 5-feet-4 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She is also known to go by the names Sylvia Ramos, Irene Ramirez and Sandra Romero.

Authorities believe Sylvia Velasco may be with the missing girl in the South Gate area.

Anyone with information on Serenity or Sylvia Velasco’s whereabouts was asked to contact LASD Detective Meyers at 562-863-8711 or

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