Suspect in Amber Alert abduction of 9-month-old boy considered armed and dangerous

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Police canceled an Amber Alert issued Tuesday after they located the 9-month-old boy named Syncere Lee Valliant and his mother, who was also missing.

Police said Syncere Lee Valliant and his mother were abducted at 10:45 a.m. from their home at Stoney Brook Apartments, allegedly by 31-year-old Robert T. Valliant.

Independence police said the suspect was believed to be armed with a firearm. The Amber Alert was cancelled around 3 p.m. Tuesday after the child was located and is safe with family members. Police also located the mother, who was also safe.

The boy's uncle, Freddy Outley, said he was shot during the abduction.

Outley said he and his sister were awakened Tuesday morning by pounding at their apartment door at the Stoney Brook Apartments on 24-Highway.

"My sister went to slap the gun from her face and he said, 'I'm not playing, I'm going to kill y'all.' So my child seen it ... she started screaming, as soon as I went to pick up my daughter and I bent down, that's when he shot me in my back," Outley said.

Police continued Tuesday evening to look for Valliant, who they described as 6'1" and 170 pounds. Investigators located the black (spray-painted over red) Pontiac Grand Am that he had been driving.

They consider Valliant to be armed and dangerous. Call 911 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 if you see him.