Romulus police: Abducted girl found safe at non-custodial father's home in Lincoln Park

Father taken into custody

ROMULUS, Mich. – Romulus police said a custody dispute led officers on a search Thursday morning for a 5-year-old girl who was taken by her non-custodial father. 

Cpt. Joshua Monte said the man took the girl from a home about 5 a.m. 

"The father of the child went to the residence -- the mother of the child was not at the residence -- and (he) took the youngest child," said Monte. 

Monte said no adults were at the home, just a 13-year-old child. 

Police issued an Endangered Missing Advisory. However, the girl was found safe three hours later at a home on White Street in Lincoln Park. The father was taken into custody. 

"Lincoln Park police were actually able to locate the vehicle. They were able to get the vehicle pulled over, stopped, get the subject into custody. The daughter was not in the vehicle. They went back to the (father's) house and were able to locate her, safe and sound," said Monte. 

The girl was recovered by police about 8 a.m. at the father's home in Lincoln Park. The father was taken into custody. It's not clear if he will face charges.

Monte explained why there was no Amber Alert.

"There wasn't an Amber Alert because there was no direct threat to the child's safety," said Monte. 

Monte said it's too early tell if the mother will face charges for leaving the kids home alone. 

Watch Monte's update here: 

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