RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- 4-year-old Cayley Rose Owens, who was allegedly abducted by her father, Calem Scott Owens at gunpoint, has been found safe, according to police.
"You don't know how scared you are until your child is taken from you," Stephanie Snider, Cayley's mom said.
Calem Scott Owens, 19, of Klopman Mill Road, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Owens reportedly took the 4-year-old child from her mother and grandparent's residence in Denton at gunpoint, according to authorities.
"Mr. Owens had a gun when he went into the residence, and Cayley's mother and grandfather were in the residence, and from what we understand he pointed a gun at them," Randolph County Sheriff Captain Derrick Hill said.
The abduction prompted an AMBER Alert on Thursday.
"Today's Amber Alert was also the first use of the state's new emergency alert system, where the alerts were sent to all smartphones in the state and that system worked very well today," Hill said.
Shortly after 5 p.m., the sheriff’s office sent out an update stating the alert had been canceled and Owens was safe.