UPDATE: Danville police announced that 7-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy was found safe soon after her reported abduction, and her father and alleged abductor, Carl Ray Kennedy, was arrested. Kennedy was detained in Randleman, North Carolina, by the Danville police, the FBI, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service. According to the announcement, Emma “appears to be in good health and is being evaluated at a local hospital.”
Police in Virginia are searching for a 51-year-old registered sex offender accused of kidnapping a 7-month-old girl Monday morning after allegedly assaulting her mother outside a gas station.
An AMBER Alert has been issued for Emma Grace Kennedy, who is believed to be in the company of Carl Kennedy, a registered sex offender in North Carolina.
A police statement obtained by PEOPLE does not indicate whether the girl and her alleged kidnapper are related.
Emma is about 2 feet 2 inches long and weighs 18 lbs.
The baby has blonde hair and blue eyes and a small scar on her left cheek.
She was last seen outside a gas station in Danville, Virginia.
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At the time of the alleged abduction, Emma was dressed in a light blue onesie with dots and a white rabbit on the left leg with a matching headband.
Her mother’s condition is unknown at this time.
Carl Kennedy stands 5 feet 8 inches and weighs 170 lbs. He has gray hair, green eyes, a piercing in his left ear and tattoos covering both arms; some of the imagery includes skulls, an eye, a pit bull and a wizard.
He may still be wearing the brown T-shirt, gray shorts, and black and white Sketchers sneakers he was seen wearing at the time of the alleged attack.
According to the statement, Kennedy is believed to have a knife and is currently out of jail on a $250,000 bond following an arrest on drug distribution charges. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has entered a plea or retained an attorney on those charges.
He was last seen driving a gold four door Suzuki with North Carolina plates FAA-1873.
A Johnny’s Auto Sales emblem is emblazoned across the vehicle’s trunk.
Those with any information on Kennedy’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Danville Police Department at (434) 799-6510.