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AMBER Alert canceled as Virginia infant found safe, father arrested

DANVILLE, VA (WNCN) -

UPDATE:

Danville police have confirmed Emma Grace Kennedy has been found safe and her father, Carl Ray Kennedy, arrested. 

Danville Police, FBI, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Secret Service arrested Kennedy in Randleman, North Carolina.

Danville police said the infant appears to be in good health and is being evaluated at a local hospital.

Kristen Murphy, the child's mother, has been notified.


ORIGINAL

Police in Virginia have issued an Amber Alert for a 7-month-old baby who is believed to have been abducted by a sex offender.

Police say 51-year-old Carl Ray Kennedy assaulted the infant's mother with a knife, then took the baby during an incident at a Kwik Stop in Danville, Virginia, according to a WRIC TV report.

Authorities issued the Amber Alert just before 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Police believe Kennedy could be headed to North Carolina.

Emma Grace Kennedy was last seen wearing a light blue onesie that has dots and a white rabbit on the left leg and matching headband.

She has a small scar on her left cheek.

Carl Ray Kennedy is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds.  

He has gray hair, green eyes and was last seen wearing a brown t-shirt, gray shorts, and black and white sketchers.  

Carl Ray Kennedy has a pierced left ear and numerous tattoos on both arms:

  • Skull tattoo with bandanna over mouth on his right forearm
  • Eye tattoo on the back of his right hand
  • Pit bull tattoo with "American bulldog" written under it on his upper right arm
  • Wizard tattoo on his left upper arm

Armed with a knife. Out of jail on a $250,000 bond for drug distribution.

Carl Ray Kennedy is a registered sex offender in North Carolina with a 2014 conviction for sexual battery. 

The Sex Offender Registry shows he lives in Asheboro, North Carolina.

He was last seen driving in Danville, Virginia near the North Carolina border in a Gold Suzuki  with North Carolina license tag number FAA-1873. It has a Johnny's Auto Sales emblem on the trunk. 

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Danville Police Department immediately at (434) 799-6510, or call 911. 


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