KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Police Department says an 8-month-old has been located safe after an AMBER Alert was issued Wednesday.
Police said minutes before an afternoon news conference that officers found 8-month-old Malani Avery. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has canceled the AMBER Alert.
KCPD said 21-year-old Markelv Avery allegedly took the little girl at gunpoint from her mother’s home Wednesday morning.
A police spokesperson said the man is the father of the girl but did not have information custody agreements.
Although police have found the girl, Markelv Avery has not been located at this time. KCPD said officers are still searching for the 21-year-old.
Markelv Avery is described as a Black man, 6-foot-2, weighing 150 pounds and last seen wearing a jean jacket.
“This is a perfect example of where when we get it out there you know maybe someone knows where the child was dropped off, if the child is with the father, where the car is,” Capt. Leslie Foreman with KCPD said. “We are going to always approach anyone we know is armed and may have committed a crime, approach them just as that armed and dangerous.”
Police said Markelv Avery was last seen driving a four-door, white Acura sedan that is missing its front bumper. The license plate is unknown.
“It could’ve happened to anybody on this block with kids, you know what I mean, and with a gun it’s scary,” neighbor Samantha Guilland said.
The start of the Amber Alert was not far from Gilland’s home.
“There’s always shootings and stuff right around in this neighborhood, but there’s nothing that happens on this block,” Gilland said. “This is a pretty quiet block.”
Her block is where KCPD said 8-month-old Malani Avery was abducted at gunpoint by her dad, Markelv Avery.
“I have an 8-month-old baby little girl, so I don’t know how the mom is coping with what happened,” Gilland said.