9-Month-Old NYC Baby Found after Being Taken by Biological Father Who Doesn't Have Custody
Mi Angel Gaines was found by authorities after an amber alert was issued yesterday. The 9-month-old was allegedly taken by her father, who doesn't have custody of her.
The New York Police Department took to Twitter to share the good news that nine-month-old Mi Angel Gaines was found. The little girl is safe and is undergoing medical evaluation to determine if she needs further attention.
Yesterday, an amber alert was issued as law enforcement searched for the baby taken by her biological father, Antonio Armstrong, who doesn't have legal custody over her.
Less than 12 hours after the amber alert was issued, NYPD confirmed that Gaines was located but did not confirm if they found her with Armstrong, only that she was safe and was undergoing medical evaluations.
According to NBC New York, Gaines was turned in at the FDNY Harlem station. However, the authorities did not reveal who brought her in or if there were any arrests made in connection to the kidnapping.
UPDATE: #AmberAlert for baby taken by her biological father without permission has been cancelled. 9-month-old was found safe and is currently being evaluated at the hospital. Thank you to everyone that assisted, #NYPD appreciates you. https://t.co/rtImnRWa5g pic.twitter.com/1s4Z57GB9W— NYPD 32nd Precinct (@NYPD32Pct) June 8, 2021
TURNED INTO THE STATION
22-year-old Armstrong is Gaines' father and the prime suspect in the missing person case. He was last seen arguing with the baby's mother in front of her home before taking Gaines and running away.
Danny Stewart found a newborn stashed under the stairs of the subway. Stewart ended up adopting the baby.
It was reported that he took her around 3:00 a.m. and was last seen traveling down Eighth Avenue with the child, but there were no further citings of them.
MISSING❗️#NYPD needs your assistance locating the child pictured below⬇️. She was last seen in a stroller in front of 2433 FDB(8th Ave) #Harlem, wearing a red, white & blue onesie. Child was taken by her biological father Antonio Armstrong⬇️without permission. Call📲 212-690-6315 pic.twitter.com/bB19NLUoNb— NYPD 32nd Precinct (@NYPD32Pct) June 7, 2021
Unfortunately, Gaines isn't the only little girl who was kidnapped by her father. 7-year-old Giselle Torres was also allegedly kidnapped by her father and two other men in Pennsylvania.
Authorities believed the father, Juan Pablo Torres, was taking his daughter to New York City because he resided in Queens. But, instead, he handed his daughter over to the authorities, as Cheltenham Police Lt. Andy Snyder said:
"One of our hostage negotiators was able to get him on the phone and negotiate his surrender to the New York City Police Department”
UPDATE: The NYPD says 9-month-old Mi Angel Gaines has been found safe after an amber alert for her kidnapping was activated Monday. https://t.co/CgR4v6oRqe— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) June 8, 2021
The seven-year-old's father roped in the aid of two men wearing body armor to grab the girl while she was in the park. He fled in a vehicle with Giselle, and the two other men jumped into another car.
41-year-old Torres now faces charges of kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child after he turned Giselle into the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood. He will be taken back to Pennsylvania where the kidnapping occurred.
🚨 FLOOD YOUR FEED!!! 🚨 9-month-old Mi Angel Gaines was abducted early this morning, police say. EVERY SHARE HELPS!!! https://t.co/picwyGUcFZ— WIS News 10 (@wis10) June 7, 2021
Meanwhile, BBC reported on a unique case in New York City where Harlem resident Danny Stewart found a newborn stashed under the stairs of the subway. Stewart and his partner, Pete Mercurio, ended up adopting the baby.
Stewart was called into the courtroom to testify about how he found the baby when the judge asked if he wanted to adopt the little boy. Stewart, Mercurio, and the little boy are now a happy family.