BRANTFORD, Ont. — Hamilton police say it took about an hour of “communication” with a 37-year-old man before he surrendered and handed over his two-year-old daughter, bringing an end to a brief Amber Alert overnight.
Police in nearby Brantford, Ont., issued the alert early Thursday saying the girl and her father were last seen just after midnight leaving Brantford in a vehicle with two women.
Less than an hour later, the alert was cancelled after the girl was found safe.
Hamilton police spokesman Const. Jerome Stewart says his department received word from Brantford police that the child and father could be in Hamilton.
He says officers arrested three other adults in relation to the case at a traffic stop just after 2 a.m., then received a tip that the father and child were at a home in the Central Mountain area.
Officers attended just before 3 a.m., and the two emerged from the house about an hour later with the child unharmed.
“Just having communication to make sure that everything transpired smoothly,” Stewart said in an interview, saying there was never any risk to public safety.
“That’s all it was — negotiation, if you will.”
Stewart said the child was turned over to other family members, and the four people arrested were turned over to Brantford police.
He referred any questions on charges to the Brantford police, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Canadian Press