Missing baby found, father faces kidnapping charge

A statewide Amber Alert for a 10-month-old is over, and now her father faces a first-degree kidnapping charge.
April 21, 2014 3:59:01 PM PDT
A statewide Amber Alert for 10-month old Tamiyah Bryant is over.

Now her father is headed back to Wake County to face a first-degree kidnapping charge. Rodney Bryant, 27, is also charged with assault on a female and communicating threats.

Authorities say the little girl is safe and sound after being spotted with Bryant in Virginia Sunday.

Police said the charges stem from an incident Saturday morning, when Bryant took the child's mother, Elssy Olivares, to work at IHOP in Garner.

Investigators believe the two argued, and Bryant did not let Olivares out of the car; eventually he forced her out along Interstate 40 in Durham and took off with the baby.

Durham police issued an Amber Alert after Olivares told them Bryant had threatened her life and his own.

"There's really no comfort that anybody can provide to a mother that's worried about their 10-month-old daughter," said Lt. Chris Clayton, with the Garner Police Department. "When you look at what she had been through combined with that it's her daughter that was now missing in the hands of someone who had just assaulted her -- certainly she's worried about what he would or would not do to her daughter."

The Amber Alert reached to Emporia, Va., where someone spotted the two at a McDonald's restaurant and called 911.

Garner police say Bryant should be extradited back to Wake County from Virginia by week's end.

Tamiyah and Olivares are reunited and staying at an undisclosed but safe location.


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