FERGUSON, Mo. — An argument in Ferguson led to a missing baby and an Amber Alert being issued Wednesday night. The 13-month-old girl was returned safe and unhurt Thursday morning.

Police said the suspect, a 33-year-old man who is the baby’s father, abducted the baby after assaulting the child’s mother in the 10800 block of West Florissant at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Ferguson Police Chief Frank McCall said the father brought the child to the police department and turned himself in. He is in custody and is facing charges. The baby is now in the care of state authorities after being at the Ferguson Police Department for several hours.

The baby’s 27-year-old mother was injured in this incident. McCall said the two adults were in the car arguing over the baby. The woman was either pushed or jumped from a vehicle they were in. Officers found the mother with some injuries on West Florissant. She has since been treated and released from a hospital. The man allegedly ditched that car at a nearby Burger King and got into another vehicle with the child. McCall believes someone picked up the father and the baby and they all took off. 

That’s when the Amber Alert was issued. 

Police eventually got in touch with the man’s family, and he came to the Ferguson Police Department with the baby. McCall said the suspect is now potentially facing charges of kidnapping, child endangerment, and second-degree assault.

The mother has seen her baby since this incident ended, but McCall said the child remains with authorities because state officials have been called in to investigate the welfare of the child.