Father of girl who was subject of Amber Alert charged with domestic violence

Toddy Poupard accused of assaulting wife at hotel in Taylor

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DETROIT - The father of an 8-year-old girl who had been reported missing from a hotel in Taylor before being found safe is facing a domestic violence charge.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Toddy Ray Poupard, 41, with second-degree domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his wife minutes before she called 911 to report their daughter was missing.

Taylor police responded to the mother's 911 call at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn on Telegraph Road.

Listen: 911 call

Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said the family of five was either evicted or chose to leave their Dearborn Heights home the night before and had been looking to stay at the hotel.

Sclabassi said the girl's parents told police that they lost track of her when they went inside to check in. An Amber Alert was issued for the 8-year-old, but the girl was found sleeping and "fortunately unaware" of the confusion back in the family's Dearborn Heights home, Sclabassi said.

The parents could be charged with child neglect.

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