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Amber Alert Update: 2-Year-Old Abducted In NYC Found After Near 24-Hour Search

Seniya Benitez, who is non-verbal, was kidnapped by her father, 21-year-old Christian Benitez, police say.
Seniya Benitez, who is non-verbal, was kidnapped by her father, 21-year-old Christian Benitez, police say. Photo Credit: New York State Police

Update:

The 2-year-old girl with autism who was abducted in New York City has been found safe and a suspect is in custody after a nearly 24-hour search.

Seniya Benitez, 2, who is non-verbal and has autism, was kidnapped by her father, 21-year-old Christian Benitez, who is not permitted to have unsupervised contact, in the Bronx near Gleason Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, police say.

No further details have been released.

Original report:

An Amber Alert has been issued following the abduction of an infant in New York City.

Seniya Benitez, 2, who is non-verbal and has autism, was kidnapped by her father, 21-year-old Christian Benitez, who is not permitted to have unsupervised contact, in the Bronx near Gleason Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, police say.

Benitez reportedly took the child from her from the grandmother, who is in the process of becoming her legal guardian, after the two got into a dispute, circumstances that lead police to believe that the infant is in imminent danger of serious physical injury and/or death.

Seniya Benitez,  who was last seen wearing pajamas and a blue jacket with no shoes, has straight black hair and brown eyes.

Benitez, who was last seen wearing black jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt and black sneakers, is about 5-foot-5 and 160 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen traveling on the 6 Train at Castle Hille Avenue.

Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the NYPD at (866) NYS-AMBER or dial 911.

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