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Amber Alert issued just after 1-year-old girl taken from KCK apartment is found safe

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One-year-old Shamya Reed is now safe. (@KCKPD) One-year-old Shamya Reed is now safe. (@KCKPD)

Moments after an Amber Alert was issued on Friday evening, investigators confirmed that a 1-year-old taken from an apartment in KCK had been safely returned back home. 

Before this happened on Friday, the authorities had said at 4:17 p.m. an Amber Alert would be issued in order to help in their search for the abducted Kansas City, KS infant.

Police said 1-year-old Shamya Reed was possibly kidnapped from North 61 Street and Farrow Avenue, which are the Royal Gardens apartments. 

Officers were looking for '90s-era grey Alero. Police said the suspect they were also looking for was Ricardo Wheeler, 18, and an unidentified woman.

Police said that a witness reported that Wheeler showed a gun while taking the child from her mother, but did not necessarily point it.

Soon after sharing this information, police said that they had made contact with the suspect and noted that the suspect is the child's father. 

They then said that they are on their way to meet the suspect and child in Missouri. 

The child's mother was with police. 

The child was initially given to her grandmother, then they headed back to the apartment complex from which the child was taken.

KCTV5 News learned this information about the child being safe at 5:39 p.m.

Soon after that, at about 5:48 p.m, KCTV5 Reporter Emily Rittman said that investigators had confirmed that the child was safe.

After this, around 5:50 p.m., an AMBER Alert was issued on the website.

At 5:56 p.m., Rittman tweeted video that confirmed the information that the child had been safely reunited and was back at home.

Soon after that, the Amber Alert was officially canceled.

The girl's mother told KCTV5 News that the girl's father was threatening her over the phone. Then, someone drove him to her apartment. He came to the door and forced his way inside and took the child. Before taking the child, there was a woman outside who was with him and had a gun. They told her that if she didn't give them the child, the woman would start shooting. 

The girl's grandmother said that the woman involved contacted her on Facebook after the news started covering the possible kidnapping and arranged a meeting. The grandmother then went, met the suspects at an apartment complex in Missouri, and got the girl back. 

She said that the girl was crying when she picked her up. She also didn't have on any shoes.

She then met with police so they could check the girl's well-being. After she was found to be okay, she and some officers took the child back to the mother's apartment. 

Around 6:30 p.m., in response to questions from KCTV5, the communications director for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation sent the following statement: 

The AMBER alert was initiated but not fully deployed because the child was located while we were in the process of activating all steps of the alert. 

In all alerts it takes time for our team to make contact with the law enforcement agency handling the case, obtain photographs and pertinent details from the investigators in that agency who have the specific details, and to input that information into amber alert systems in order to share it

Thomas Tomasic with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department said: “There are several steps to it and you have meet certain criteria. I know around 4:30. We started that process with the paperwork and all that, and our dispatcher had our end enter into to the computer around 4:50. Was the last thing we did as far as the Amber Alert goes.”

The police are still looking for the child's father, Wheeler, and the woman he was with.

As of Friday night, it was not clear if charges would be filed. 

KCTV5 News will keep you updated if we learn any additional information.  

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