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4-month-old kid taken at gunpoint by her father is missing

Edduin Carvajal
Dec 27, 2018
10:41 A.M.
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A’miyah Jones, a four-month-old baby girl from Detroit, was abducted at gunpoint by her own father on Christmas Eve. Police are still looking for her.

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The Detroit Police Department reported that A’miyah and her mother were visiting a relative in the 900 block of Webb at around 2 p.m. when her father, identified as JaQuan Jones, arrived.

Source: Facebook/Fox5

Source: Facebook/Fox5

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THREATENING WITH A GUN

JaQuan was not alone as he got into the house with his twin brother. Once there, the father of the girl pulled out a weapon and, at gunpoint, took the baby from her mother. After that, the suspect left the scene to an “unknown direction.”

Source: Facebook/Detroit Police Department

Source: Facebook/Detroit Police Department

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Police added that he was probably driving a blue Chrysler 200 and urged people to call the Detroit Police Department’s Third Precinct at 313-596-1300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP if they have any information.

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So far, an AMBER Alert has not been issued as Detroit police considered that it was not a child abduction case because A’miyah was taken by his father. The baby was listed as a “serious missing person,” though.

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DOROTHY BARNETT’S CASE

Unfortunately, it is not the first time that a parent kidnaps their own child. Back in 1994, Dorothy Lee Barnett lost custody of her daughter, Savanna, so she took the girl and “vanished” for more than two decades.

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Dorothy changed her daughter’s name to Samantha and remained hidden the entire time. More than 20 years later, she revealed the reason for her drastic decision: the girl's father.

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THE REASON SHE DID IT

At court, the man told the jury that he believed Dorothy was mentally ill, and that he was considering sending his daughter to a mental institution if she showed signs of having inherited the condition.

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After that, mother and daughter started a world trip that took them from South Carolina in the US to France, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, before settling down in Australia, where the girl’s name finally changed to Samantha.

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One of the most striking aspects of this case is that Dorothy got fake documents, changed her hair color and haircut, and even made her daughter pass for a baby boy named Nick at the airport. FBI agent Chris Quick said that Dorothy successfully went fugitive because she cut all ties from everyone.

Dorothy was eventually found after a long international investigation due to a mistake: she revealed her secret to a person in Australia who contacted Samantha’s father. In 2013, she was sentenced to 21 months in prison and was released in 2015.

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