The biological father of missing 3-year-old toddler Mariah Woods has spoken out, on Nov. 28.
Mariah’s father, Alex Woods, told NewsChannel 12 that he is not convinced that of his ex-partner’s story that Mariah has been abducted.
“Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream?” Woods told the news station.
“Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house—two adults and two kids—someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?” he added.
Woods learned about his daughter’s disappearance when the Amber Alert was released on Nov. 27, reported NewsChannel 12.
He told the news station that he was given legal custody of Mariah and her two brothers last year while child protection services investigated an incident involving their mother. He said he has not seen them since.
Mariah’s disappearance has prompted a statewide search, involving FBI agents and Marines, after she vanished from her bed on Sunday, Nov. 26.
She was last seen at her home in North Carolina at 11:30 p.m.
Mariah’s mother, Kristy Woods, who lives with her mother and partner, has asked the public for help to find her little girl.
“If anybody knows where she is at or any information, just please call the sheriff’s department or notify anybody,” Kristy told reporters at a press conference on Monday, Nov. 27. “She is a very sweet loving girl.”
The toddler’s mother alerted authorities at 6 a.m. on Monday after she discovered Mariah was missing from her bed, reported NBC news. Woods believes her daughter has been abducted.
The FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team (CARD) joined local authorities to assist in the search for the toddler.
In a statement on Facebook, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has also asked the public for help to locate the child.
Mariah is described as a white female standing about 2 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing around 28 pounds.
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