Missing Jefferson City toddler found safe in Atlanta - KCTV5

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Missing Jefferson City toddler found safe in Atlanta

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The Missouri Highway Patrol issued an endangered person advisory for Jack Randolph Sunday evening. The Missouri Highway Patrol issued an endangered person advisory for Jack Randolph Sunday evening.
According to police, Jack's father, Kerry Randolph, texted the child's mother and asked if he and a friend could take the boy to Atlanta. According to police, Jack's father, Kerry Randolph, texted the child's mother and asked if he and a friend could take the boy to Atlanta.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A 23-month-old boy that authorities thought could be in danger has been found safe in Atlanta.

The Missouri Highway Patrol issued an endangered child advisory for Jack Randolph Sunday evening.

Detectives in Jefferson City responded Sunday evening to a report of the missing child last seen at a home in the 1100 block of West Main.

Jack was reported to be with his biological father, Kerry Randolph.

According to police, Randolph texted the child's mother and asked if he and a friend could take the boy to Atlanta.

Jack's mother said Randolph did not have legal rights to take the child, although no court order could initially be found at the time to confirm that information.

After an endangered child advisory was issued, authorities discovered that Randolph took the child to Atlanta to see family.

Detectives were able to make contact with family in Atlanta, who had no knowledge that Randolph was planning to visit. In addition, attempts to contact Randolph were unsuccessful, as he had apparently turned off his cellular phone.

Family members in Atlanta were cooperative with law enforcement requests for assistance if the child or Randolph were to show up at their residence.

Then just after 10 a.m., Jefferson City detectives received word that Randolph had arrived at his grandmother's home in Atlanta.

Atlanta law enforcement responded to the grandmother's residence and confirmed Jack to be safe.

The investigation as to potential criminal matters is ongoing, as a determination regarding specific civil and criminal issues must be examined to determine what course of action will follow.

Jefferson City detectives are continuing to investigate.

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