Amber Alert canceled for missing Virginia boy

PATRICK, VA (WWBT) - A 3-year-old whose disappearance sparked an Amber Alert has been found safe in Kentucky. His father has been taken into custody.

The alert was issued Tuesday for Tommy Lee Able Engle from Patrick County. Police believed he was in extreme danger and was likely with his father, 34-year-old Tommy Lee Travis Engle.

The 3-year-old was found safe in Pikeville, Kentucky, according to Patrick Sheriff Dan Smith.

and is safe. His father taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, after trading text messages and phone calls with Sheriff Smith overnight.

"During the conversations with Engle, he would tell us that the child was fine, he let us talk to his son and he would send us text message pictures of the child," the Sheriff said.  "I felt much better about the situation once we were able to talk about a resolution."

Smith said that Engle has family in Pikeville and that he is currently being held in the Pike County Jail awaiting extradition back to Patrick County. Engle is currently wanted on two felony assault charges against the child's mother.

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