Missing 10-month-old baby found safe; police charge father
GARNER, N.C. – A 10-month-old Angier girl who was subject of an Amber Alert was found safe on Sunday, according to Durham police.
Tamiyah Elssy Bryant was found with her father, Rodney Bryant, in Virginia. Police did not immediately say how they found the pair.
Police have charged Rodney Bryant, the father of a missing 10 month old, with first-degree kidnapping.
WTVD-TV reported that Bryant allegedly took 10-month-old Tamiyah Bryant after assaulting her mother. He is also charged with assault on a female and communicating threats.
Investigators said the charges stem from an incident Saturday morning at IHOP in Garner.
Police said Bryant took his girlfriend Elssy Olivares to work at IHOP. He forcefully held her in the car when she tried to get out and then forced her out on Interstate 40 in Durham and drove off with the baby, according to police.
Officials said the IHOP on Highway 70 in Garner is one of the last places Olivares saw Tamiyah, who was wearing a pink shirt and diapers.
“I would be scared,” said Jennifer Pool, who was shocked to find out the Amber Alert sent Saturday was about her neighbor. “I don’t know what I would do if one of my two kids were missing.”
At least three police departments joined the hunt for Bryant, which started around 8 a.m. Saturday when Bryant took Olivares to work, with baby Tamiyah in tow.
Relatives said the couple was fighting, and they believe Bryant assaulted Olivares in the car.
The couple is from Washington State. The two, along with their two older children, live with family in Angier.
Police said Bryant sped off in a 2002 Suzuki XL7 with a Washington state tag with license number ACK-7454.
Police said the 27-year-old father has made threats to kill himself and the child.