4-year-old girl found safe in Illinois, father in custody for taking her from daycare

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Police have arrested a man following a parental abduction involving his 4-year-old daughter.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol issued an alert for the two after he picked her up at a St. Louis County daycare Wednesday.

Police identified a home in Fairview Heights where the suspect may be staying. Offices went there but no one answered.

Police continued to investigate and used his cell phone number to call him. Police say the suspect initially stated he and his daughter were at a house in St. Louis. However, investigators say their information pointed to a home in Fairview Heights.

Officers continued to negotiate with the man until he later confirmed his address and agreed to turn over the child.

Officers were able to arrest the man, and remove the child from the home unharmed.

While the Missouri Highway Patrol released the name of the girl and man during the search, the police are withholding them during their investigation. The suspect has not yet been charged.

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