4-Year-Old Child, Mother Not Seriously Hurt After Crash in Custody Dispute: Police

Authorities initially said they were investigating a reported parental abduction of a child, but police later said that the father drove off in his red Camaro, while a relative took the girl to the hospital

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    A young girl and her mother were brought to Aventura Hospital after the child's father rammed his car into theirs during a custody dispute, police said. Hallandale Beach Police Major Miguel Martinez spoke about the incident.

    A 4-year-old girl and her mother were brought to Aventura Hospital after the child's father rammed his car into theirs during a custody dispute Thursday, police said.

    Neither the child nor her mother were seriously hurt, Hallandale Beach Police said.

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    The parents' dispute culminated in a three-vehicle crash on Pembroke Road under the I-95 overpass, police said.

    The parents got into a fight near that area, and the mother took off with the daughter in her car, and then the father followed in his vehicle, according to police.

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    Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley read the allegations against Vinson Jerome Rattray Jr., 32, in court on Tuesday. Rattray faces five charges after he kidnapped Latonya Peak, 28, in Deerfield Beach on Monday, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Hurley later ordered Rattray held without bond, and ordered him to have no contact with the victim.

    He intentionally rammed her silver car, which then hit a SUV, before he drove off in his red Camaro, police said.

    A relative nearby took the girl to the hospital, and the mother followed after talking briefly with police, according to police.

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    Authorities initially said they were investigating a reported parental abduction of a child. The woman called 911 at 12:45 p.m. and reported that she crashed her car, before her baby was taken from her by the child’s father who was armed with a gun, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

    The man brandished a firearm during the initial custody dispute, Hallandale Beach Police Major Miguel Martinez said.

    "We don’t have any specific reports of him pointing it at anyone or firing it or anything like that, but we do have at least one report that a firearm was brandished during the initial custody dispute," Martinez said.

    Police said that the father was last seen driving north on I-95. His red Camaro is extensively damaged on the front end and on the driver's side, they said.

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