Amber Alerts have been canceled in several states including New Jersey after a 3-year-old Delaware girl who police said was in "imminent danger" after being abducted from her home by her father was found safe in Massachusetts Tuesday.
Elinor Trotta was taken from her home in New Castle, Delaware, Monday evening, police said. Officers said they responded to the home on a domestic assault call, and Trotta's mother told them that 43-year-old Michael Trotta, her ex-boyfriend and Elinor's father, came into the home, attacked her and took the girl.
Trotta and his daughter were found in Spencer, Massachusetts at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, and he was arrested without incident, authorities said. The FBI, Massachusetts State Police and the Spencer Police Department took him into custody.
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He's expected to be arraigned in East Brookfield District Court on a fugitive from justice charge, and was being held without bail.
Police said earlier they believed the girl was in danger based on several statements her father made, though they didn't elaborate further.
Elinor's mother, Dawn Parkas, had pleaded Tuesday at a police news conference for Trotta to bring her daughter back.
"Please bring her home, she doesn't have any of her clothes or her toys," she said, weeping. "We have a routine every night and she's out of the routine and my heart's just broken."
State police in Delaware, New Jersey and Ohio issued Amber Alerts. New Jersey State Police had said the severity of the situation was "extreme," and that there was an "extraordinary threat to life or property."
Police originally said Trotta fled with Elinor in a gray 1989 Mazda 626 with Delaware plates, but that car was later found near the scene in Delaware and towed away.
Police said the abduction followed a Feb. 15 assault on Trotta's mother. Arrest warrants were issued for that attack and Monday's abduction, police say.