Abducted DeKalb County toddler found; juvenile runaway in custody

Abducted DeKalb County toddler found; juvenile runaway in custody
An abducted 3-year-old was found at an intersection in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 2, 2020. (Source: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WAFF) - An abduction that triggered an Amber Alert Thursday has ended with a toddler safe and the young girl who took him in custody.

DeKalb County deputies say a 13-year-old girl ran away from the Powell area, stole a car and took a 3-year-old neighbor with her.

An Amber Alert was issued with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency stating the 3-year-old was believed to be in extreme danger.

After reported sightings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, DeKalb County investigators and narcotics agents went there and worked closely with the Chattanooga Police Department. At approximately 10 p.m. Thursday, the 3-year-old was found at an intersection.

Investigators say he had been left there alone by the 13-year-old.

Chattanooga police found the 13-year-old and the stolen vehicle early Friday. She was taken into custody.

Juvenile services in Tennessee and Alabama were made aware of the situation and are responding accordingly.

The juvenile has been transferred from Tennessee to a juvenile facility in Alabama.

“Our guys did an outstanding job on this case and getting this child back to safety. The Chattanooga Police Department was also pivotal in resolving this case with neither of the juveniles injured. They had their whole shift for that area working on this case and helped our guys every step of the way,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden. “We’re working with local juvenile authorities to ensure this situation does not happen again.”

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