Amber Alert deactivated after 1-year-old girl found safe; dad in custody: LAPD

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Leonardo Rosales is seen in a photo released by LAPD.

Leonardo Rosales is seen in a photo released by LAPD.

An Amber Alert issued in Los Angeles County has been deactivated Friday after authorities recovered a 1-year-old girl who was allegedly forcibly taken by her father amid a custody dispute, police said.

The man, 26-year-old Leonardo Rosales, is in custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

There was no information on how the 23-month-old girl was located, but she is in good health, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman told KTLA.

The toddler was taken around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, according to a California Highway Patrol flyer.

Officers responded to a report of a kidnapping in progress in the the 100 block of South Reno Street around that time and were met by the child’s mother who said that her ex-boyfriend, the child’s father, showed up at her home and took the girl, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

The mother said that she and the father are in the middle of a child custody dispute, and that there is a restraining order on file against Rosales, LAPD said.

Rosales arrived at her home with two other men, forced his way in, threatened the family while armed with a knife and forcibly took the girl, according to police.

He then fled in a gray Honda Accord with an unknown license plate number.

Police said Rosales does not have any custodial rights of his daughter.

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