Baby in Charlotte Amber Alert found safe

CHARLOTTE, NC (WTVD) -- UPDATE: Jonathan Bennett, who was being sought for Thursday's homicide that prompted an Amber Alert was reportedly killed during a shootout outside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Headquarters that left a police officer wounded. Story here.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a 3-month old baby has been found safe and unharmed after police officers investigating a homicide discovered the child was missing.

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon but the child had already been located. The alert was soon canceled,

WSOC reported that officers responded to a shots-fired call Thursday afternoon on Carlyle Drive. Police found a woman shot and killed inside the home.

Detectives said they are looking for Jonathan Jarquise Bennett, 23, in the case. They believe Bennett took Journei Bennett, who he shared with the victim.

Charlotte Police said Bennett should be considered armed and dangerous.

Bennett is described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and tan cargo pants. He has brown shoulder-length dreadlocks and a tattoo of crown "King" on his neck in the middle of his Adam's apple.

Authorities have not said exactly where they found little Journei. But they did say they are still searching for Bennett.

Bennett was last seen driving an older white Ford Expedition with New York license plates HUP-3071.

A second child was found in the home and was unharmed.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Echols is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at
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