Missouri AMBER Alert: 2-year-old girl found safe; police still looking for suspect

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GLADSTONE, Mo. — The Missouri Highway Patrol issued an AMBER Alert Wednesday for a 2-year-old girl who they say was abducted by her father after he assaulted her mother and brandished a firearm.

Authorities canceled the alert about 3 hours after it was issued in Gladstone, saying that Sa’Myia D. Barr was found safe and was with family.

Investigators are still looking for 25-year-old De’Shawn Barr-Cotton, a Black man who is 5’7″ and weighs 145 pounds. He has brown eyes. The assault and abduction happened at 9:08 a.m. in the 7000 block of N. Olive St.

Police continue to seek silver Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows, no license plate has been given. Updated information from the highway patrol shows that Barr-Cotton is wearing a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, dirty fitted blue jeans, black and white low top sneakers. He has shoulder-length dreadlocks.

FOX4 ran a check on De’Shawn Barr-Cotton. We learned that he has been convicted of multiple felonies including unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree burglary.

“I could just say that we’re obviously working with all local agencies and this time, making sure that we do get him in into custody,” Det. Blair Parker from Gladstone Police said.

When he’s found, Barr-Cotton could face kidnapping and assault charges.

“We’re just thankful this one ended the way it did and that she’s safe,” Parker said. “We’re just going to continue to investigate this case as we do with all the other ones that we have in our city, and we’ll make sure that he’s brought to justice.”

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