2-year-old from AMBER Alert safely reunited with his mother - KCTV5 News

2-year-old from AMBER Alert safely reunited with his mother

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The missing boy has now been reunited with his mother. (KCTV) The missing boy has now been reunited with his mother. (KCTV)
The moment when the boy was safely handed over to police. (KCTV) The moment when the boy was safely handed over to police. (KCTV)
Joshua Brunt, 25. Joshua Brunt, 25.
Jasmine Brunt, 24. Jasmine Brunt, 24.

An AMBER Alert was issued for a 2-year-old boy taken in Wyandotte County. That boy has been handed over to the authorities and reunited with his mother. Two people are in custody

Jace Brunt was forcibly taken at about 12:50 p.m. Friday from his biological mother by his non-custodial father.

The father, 25-year-old Joshua Andrew Brunt, allegedly used a firearm to force compliance and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Jasmine Brunt Redmond, allegedly used Mace during the event. 

The violent actions at the scene indicated to police that Jace would be in imminent danger.

The suspect left the1700 block of South 35th St. in Kansas City, Kansas, heading south in a white, newer style Dodge Charger with damage on the rear end and rear driver side.

Joshua Brunt was said to be 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a muscular build, wearing red shorts and a tank top. He has tattoos on his arms and neck.  

Jasmine "Brunt" Redmond is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and was wearing long braids in a ponytail. She has a slender build.

Redmond called KCTV5 News and told us the boy was safe with his father. She claims that reports that she and Joshua Brunt used a gun and mace are wrong. 

"They had the gun," Redmond said. "They had the mace. They maced me. I still have mace on my body and then they maced me and locked me in the house and was stomping me and was macing me."

She said that the boy's father was prepared to take him to the police station. 

KCTV5 News shared the information from that phone call with the Wyandotte County authorities. 

Shortly thereafter, the boy was safely handed over to the authorities. Watch that moment here.

In his father’s arms, the missing 2-year-old seemed calm and comfortable outside KCK police headquarters.

We asked his father why he’d escaped with his son. 

As Brunt put his son down, the officer put his hand on his back. Brunt then picked up his son and gave him a kiss.

FBI agents quickly moved in and take Jace away. Brunt was then placed in handcuffs. 

When asked if he kidnapped the child he said, "No. She's lying."

Police also arrested Jasmine Redmond. 

After a quick health assessment, the boy was put in a squad car and was taken to be reunited with his family.

Joshua Brunt and Jasmine Brunt have both been charged with one count each of: aggravated interference with parental custody, aggravated assault, battery, and aggravated endangering a child. They were charged by Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree, Sr.

It was a roller coaster of emotions for Ja'lisa Harris as she waited to see her 2-year-old son again. 

Our cameras were rolling as she and her family watched the toddler being handed over to police live on KCTV5 News.

"Oh my God, look at my baby!” she said.

Watch the moment she realized her son he was safe here.

There was joy, but also confusion about why the child was taken in the first place. 

Ultimately she was happy Jace was safe with police. 

"I'm going to give him a whole bunch of kisses and then say ‘hi’ and he'll tell me ‘hi’ right back and he'll give me a kiss right back,” she said.

Thankfully this story had a happy ending. 

Harris, her family, and her friends picked up her baby boy at the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office after more than five hours. 

“I thought I wasn't going to see my baby again and I'm happy he's back,” she said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Skip ahead a bit, and audio is available in the video below.

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