New York Police finds abducted 8-month-old girl safe and sound
August Pippins, an 8-month-old girl, was found by the police after she was kidnapped by her own father, Jerome Pippins, on Friday night.
That same day, July 20, the New York City Police Department issued an Amber alert for the girl, who was snatched from her mother's care inside a motel-turned-shelter in Queens.
The NYPD took to their Twitter account to share the Amber alert but it has now been reported that the child has been found well on Saturday morning, at around 8:15 a.m.
According to the New York Post, Jerome had a big fight with the child's mother, whose identity is yet to be revealed, after which he decided to grab little August and storm out of the building.
🚨AMBER ALERT🚨: August Pippins, a 8-month-old black female from #Queens, NY. She is 1’8” tall, 15lbs, w/ brown hair & eyes last wearing a gray one-piece w/ purple polka dots. Last seen on 7/20/18. If you see the child call 1-866-697-2623 or 911. https://t.co/qZN24iB6Bh. pic.twitter.com/iPpf65mASa— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 21, 2018
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The abduction took place at the shelter at 90th Street and Van Wyck Expressway, just across the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. At the time, the police believed that August was in 'imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.'
August's mother called the police right after her former partner left the shelter, and provided the police officers with every detail regarding Jerome and the baby, including the gray onesie with purple polka dots that she was wearing.
After searching all night for the baby, the NYPD finally found her at a Harlem home. Jerome was placed under arrested and charged with burglary, acting in a manner injurious to a child and custodial interference.
Although the 8-month-old appeared to be in good health conditions, she was still taken to Harlem Hospital for observation before being handed back to her mother.
August Pippins FOUND SAFE https://t.co/YWRBJiqVv8— Missing BLACK Females (@Black_Missing) July 22, 2018
Jerome is now in custody and waiting for his sentence. He has five previous arrests, including busts for assault and possession of illegal substances. Despite the former couple's altercation, there is no history of domestic issues between them.