Amber Alert canceled: 9-month-old returned safe after Harlem abduction

New York State

Antonio Armstrong is pictured. The image was released as part of an Amber Alert on June 7, 2021. (

HARLEM — A 9-month-old girl was returned safe late Monday night after being abducted by her biological father in Harlem early that morning, according to the NYPD.

Police said the baby girl was dropped off around 10:45 p.m. by an unknown individual at Engine 91 fire station on East 111th Street in East Harlem.

She was taken to a nearby hospital for an evaluation, authorities said.

The child’s father was still nowhere to be found early Tuesday, according to the NYPD.

The baby was in a stroller on Eighth Avenue near West 131st Street when her father took her without permission around 2:50 a.m Monday, police originally said on Twitter.

An Amber Alert was issued just after 1 p.m., which has since been canceled.

“The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death,” the Alert stated at the time.

The girl’s mother had an order of protection against Antonio Armstrong, the baby’s father and suspected abductor, police said.

Stephanie McGraw, founder of the domestic violence victim advocacy organization W.A.R.M., was in the area the girl was taken from just a few months ago after the death of Ayden Wolfe.

“This is serious! And until we take domestic violence, and orders of protections a little more serious, stuff like this is gonna continue to happen,” she said.

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