A father is facing charges related to a separate incident after a 7-year-old girl went missing in Queens Wednesday and led to an Amber Alert that was later canceled, police said.
Police initially said that the victim had been abducted around 2:15 a.m. on Grand Avenue. That Amber Alert was later canceled before 4 p.m., with authorities not giving any explanation as to why, aside from police sources telling NBC New York that she was with her grandmother at that time.
The suspect had been identified as the girl's father, Jean Puello. He allegedly took the girl after getting into an argument with his ex-girlfriend, the child's mother.
Puello was later charged with attempted rape and menacing with the child's mother, police said. He was not facing any kidnapping charges in connection to the child going missing because he is legally allowed to have the child in his care, according to police.