Amber Alert: Ottawa police say little one discovered, suspect in custody

A nine-month-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert Friday afternoon was found safely in custody with a suspect, according to Ottawa police.

Ottawa police tweeted just before 5 p.m. that the child, last seen with his mother shortly after noon on Friday, was found safe.

The police thanked the Police Service de la Ville de Gatineau for their assistance.

A suspect is in custody in connection with the ongoing investigation, police said.

Update: Missing 9 month old girl was safely found. The suspect is in custody.
We thank @PoliceGatineau for their help.
The investigation is still ongoing. # Ottttews

– Ottawa Police Department (@OttawaPolice) December 18, 2020

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The Amber Alert was issued shortly after 3 p.m.

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Ottawa Const. Amy Gagnon told Global News Friday afternoon that police are still investigating the circumstances under which the police first appeared, but said the couple had already departed when officers arrived.

The OPS said the couple was last seen walking around Lebreton Street North and Booth Street at 12:08 p.m.

The two were last seen leaving from a public place, not a residence, Gagnon added.

The cold Ottawa weather was an important factor in the couple’s safety.

“We care about the safety of both. It’s not midsummer. It is winter. It has become cold. Nobody is necessarily dressed for the weather, ”said Gagnon on Friday.

Gagnon said given the proximity of the Chaudière Bridge between Ottawa and Gatineau, police are considering the possibility of the two crossing into Quebec.

Anyone with other information on the case is asked to call the police at 613-236-1222 (extension). 5944 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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