What to Know
- A girl allegedly kidnapped from a Georgia day care by her father has been located safely in Brooklyn
- Officials in Georgia issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin in New York for a father who allegedly kidnapped his daughter from a daycare center
- The father, who has no custodial rights, allegedly texted the girl's mother hours after a daycare switch saying they were on a bus to NY
A 4-year-old girl allegedly kidnapped from her daycare in Georgia by her father, who does not have custody, has been located safely in New York City, authorities say.
Police in DeKalb County, where Jimai Hill was taken Aug. 3, issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for the girl's father, Randall Hill, who they say was wanted for interference with custody and kidnapping.
Alert bystanders on a Brooklyn street spotted Randall Hill Tuesday evening and pointed him out to officers; he was taken into custody without incident. A short time later, Jimai was found on a train nearby with a woman. She was checked out by EMS and taken into the custody of child protective services.
The girl's mother has been contacted and advised that she's safe. Authorities are arranging for the girl to be reunited with her mother.
Authorities said that Randall Hill, who has no custodial rights to his daughter, and the girl's uncle went to her daycare at some point last Friday. Randall Hill was denied any access to the child because he is not listed as an approved caregiver at the daycare center. The uncle, however, was listed as an approved caregiver with the facility.
The uncle checked Jimai Hill out of the facility and then allegedly handed her over to her father, authorities say. The father then told the daycare workers Jimai Hill would not be returning to the center, police say.
Hours later, the girl's mother got a text from Randall Hill saying he had their daughter and was on a bus to New York City, possibly to Brooklyn, according to authorities.
A DeKalb County Police Department spokeswoman said earlier that according to Hill's Facebook posts, he may be married and living with his wife in the Brooklyn area.