Oklahoma’s KFOR news reports that 4-month-old Leighton Williams, who was taken by force in Ardmore by a suspect believed to be the infant’s father, is now in protective custody.
The child is said to be unharmed.
Earlier, an Amber Alert had been issued for the infant, according to a Wednesday statement from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, via KFOR.
AMBER ALERT: Issued for 4-month-old Leighton Williams of Ardmore, Oklahoma. Carter County officials have identified the suspect as Danny Gordon. Possibly armed. Vehicle description and more information below 👇🏼 @kfor pic.twitter.com/9KEteawjSP
— Lili Zheng (@lilizhengTV) June 13, 2019
Police cited in the report said the suspect, Danny Gordon, snatched the child away from the mother before trying to run her over with his car.
Gordon remains at large. The report notes he may be armed and dangerous.
Anyone encountering Gordon is asked to call the police.
Missing 3-Year-Old Found, Suspect in Custody
In related news, Oakland Police have announced that a 3-year-old girl abducted in a carjacking in May has been found and the suspect is in custody.
The Oakland Police Department posted an update on the case on May 12, writing on Twitter that the little girl was found safe.
“OPD located missing 3-year-old child who was reported taken during a carjacking. Child is safe. The suspect in the carjacking has been taken into custody.”
OPD located missing 3 year-old child who was reported taken during a carjacking. Child is safe. The suspect in the car jacking has been taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/niKs1KgKLj
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) May 12, 2019
Earlier, California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert in connection with the child’s disappearance with an urgent request for anyone with information to call 911.
AMBER Alert – Alameda and Surrounding Counties
The child was taken by an unknown suspect from Oakland, CA, in a 2005 Silver Mercedes Sedan – License Plate – 8GIY743.@oaklandpoliceca IF SEEN, CALL 911 pic.twitter.com/dIRreraUOa
— CHP – Alerts (@CHPAlerts) May 12, 2019
She had been abducted at around 8:10 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, by an unknown suspect as she was inside a silver 2005 Mercedez-Benz sedan.
There were 424,066 missing children reported in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center in 2018, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Under federal law, when a child is reported missing to law enforcement they must be entered into the database. In 2017, there were 464,324 entries.
“This number represents reports of missing children. That means if a child runs away multiple times in a year, each instance would be entered into NCIC separately and counted in the yearly total. Likewise, if an entry is withdrawn and amended or updated, that would also be reflected in the total,” the center notes on its website.
“Unfortunately, since many children are never reported missing, there is no reliable way to determine the total number of children who are actually missing in the U.S.,” NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) added.
In 2018, the center said it assisted officers and families with the cases of more than 25,000 missing children. In those cases, 92 percent were endangered runaways, and 4 percent were family abductions.
The center said that it participates in the Amber Alert Program, which is a voluntary partnership between numerous entities including broadcasters, transportation agencies, and law enforcement agencies. The Amber Alert Program issues urgent bulletins in the most serious child abduction cases.
According to the NCMEC, to date, 941 children have been successfully recovered as a result of the Amber Alert Program.
The center notes that of the more than 23,500 runaways reported in 2018, about one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking.