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Update: St. Louis County Prosecutors office refuses to issue warrants against Albert Corey Hunter, who says; he’s the father of Brooklyn Hunter who was taken by Hunter two weeks ago, setting off an intensive hunt for the 3-year-old.

BRIDGETON,MISSOURI (KTVI)-- An alert citizen is being credited with finding a child missing from Bridgeton for nearly a week.  The three year old girl, Brooklyn Hunter appeared to be fine when Clayton police located her in a car parked on a St. Louis Bread Company restaurant parking lot in the 6700 block of Clayton Rd.

The tip came from a woman who had seen pictures of the missing child and a man who claims to be her father, Albert Corey Hunter, on the news.  She called Bridgeton police shortly after five pm Saturday to tell them she believed the two were in a Cadillac parked at the restaurant.

Bridgeton Lt. Steve James said Clayton police converged on the scene within five minutes and took Hunter into custody without incident.  He is being held overnight. Sunday Bridgeton detectives will seek warrants from the St. Louis County prosecutor.

James said Saturday evening they were still gathering facts in the case.  "This is not cut and dry exactly.  He says he is Brooklyn's dad; the mother says he is not.  We haven't established paternity yet." 

The Missouri Division of Family Services is now involved in the case.

The couple had been living in a Bridgeton motel long enough for retail clerks in the area to recognize them.  One told FOX2 the child called Hunter her dad.

Bridgeton police were not contacted by the mother until Thursday when Hunter refused to return the child to her.  At that point police worked through the night and issued an "endangered person report" Friday morning asking for news media help to publicize the missing child's photograph.