A missing one-year-old girl has been found with her mother in Prince George's County Maryland.
An Amber Alert was issued Thursday when Alexis Rose Carwile was abducted from her Halifax, Virginia home at around 4:30 p.m.
Police believed that she was taken by her mother, Jennifer Dawn Carwile, 35, and father, Eric Eugene Black, 41.
Black was arrested in Chesterfield County alone early Friday morning in a brown 1985 Nissan station wagon.
Jennifer Carwile and her daughter were found a short time later in Prince George's County unharmed.
A family court ruled this week that Carwile and Black had to surrender custody of their daughter Alexis to social services. NBC Washington is reporting that Carwile and Black took their daughter from the home of a family member before child services could retrieve her.
Halifax County Sheriff's Office Press Release
HALIFAX CO., Va. – Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark is applauding the combined efforts of law enforcement, the public and the Virginia AMBER Alert program with the successful rescue of an abducted Campbell County infant.
"I particularly want to commend the UPS driver in Chesterfield County for being alert to the VDOT highway message boards and making such an effort to look for the suspect vehicle," Sheriff Clark said. "The Virginia AMBER Alert program played a critical role in helping us find this endangered little girl. The program's rapid dissemination of information to the public statewide combined with someone acting upon that information is what successfully resolved this situation."
"Halifax County also recognizes the superior efforts of our county personnel for their dedication to finding little Alexis and bringing her home safely," said Chad Loftis, Deputy Coordinator of Halifax County Emergency Services. "We also thank the Prince Georges County, Md., Police and the Virginia State Police for their valuable assistance."
On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, the Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court awarded custody of Alexis Rose Carwile, 1, of Campbell County, Va., to the county's Department of Social Services. The child's parents, Eric E. Black and Jennifer D. Carwile, refused to comply with the court order and abducted the child Thursday afternoon from a residence in Halifax County, Va. The 1-year-old girl had been staying in Halifax County with a relative.
The Halifax County Sheriff's Office was notified of the abduction and requested the Virginia State Police activate the Virginia A.M.B.E.R. Alert system. A statewide A.M.B.E.R. Alert was initiated late Thursday, which activates the Emergency Alert Broadcast system and digital highway signs with information about the abducted child and suspect vehicle (For more information, click on http://www.vaamberalert.com).
At 4:11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 16, 2012), Chesterfield County, Va. Police received a 911 call from a UPS driver about a vehicle with the same license plate traveling southbound on Interstate 95. The call was transferred to Virginia State Police and the UPS driver was able to follow the suspect vehicle at a safe distance as it continued southbound on I-95 until troopers could get in position to make a traffic stop.
Troopers stopped the 1985 Nissan on Interstate 95 southbound at the 41 mile marker in Prince George County, Va. The driver, Eric E. Black, 41, of Halifax, Va., was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail in Hopewell, Va., without bond.
Through the course of the investigation and with the assistance of the Prince Georges County, Md. Police Department, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office was able to safely locate the abducted infant and mother at a residence in Prince Georges County, Md., at approximately 6:30 a.m. Friday (Nov. 16, 2012). Jennifer Carwile, 35, of Campbell County, Va., was taken into custody without incident. Alexis R. Carwile is now in protective custody.