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. 

Blue police sirens on top of vehicle. | Pexels/ Pixabay

Blue police sirens on top of vehicle. | Pexels/ Pixabay

AMBER ALERT

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. 

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. 

ANOTHER KIDNAPPING

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”

FACING CHARGES

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. 

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. 

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