Toddler Found Safe After Being Abducted from Grandmother’s Home in Leimert Park
Update: A family member told KTLA on Wednesday that Randy Green dropped Raniyah off at her aunt’s home and it sounded like the child was safe and in good health.
The grandmother, who is the girl’s caretaker, was headed to the home, the relative added.
Original Story: Police were searching Tuesday night for a 14-month-old girl who was allegedly abducted from her grandmother’s home in Leimert Park by her father, despite a restraining order against him.
Patty Pitchford was babysitting Raniyah Green around 4 p.m. in her residence in the 3300 block of Stocker Place when the girl’s father, Randy Green, took her without permission, according to a news release from the Los Angeles police Department.
Green was suspected of taking the girl after entering the home through an unlocked door, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.
The 29-year-old was believed to be driving a 2004 black BMW X-5 with license plate No. 7GYU146.
A restraining order was issued in March against Green prohibiting him from having contact with Raniyah and her mother, Ernestine Brass.
As of 11 p.m., police had not been able to reach Brass to inform her of Raniyah’s abduction.
Green’s last known address was in the 25300 block Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley, the release stated.
He is a known gang member who has served prison time for robbery and gun charges, according to Lopez.
The abduction was initially called an Amber Alert by police who later changed it to a Los Angeles Countywide broadcast.