Jul 17, 2015 4:46 PM
SOMERSWORTH - A 1-year-old boy has been returned home safely after allegedly being abducted by his own father Thursday afternoon.
An Amber Alert was issued around 9 p.m. on Thursday night for Malachi Grant of Somersworth. The toddler had been reported missing by his mother, Stephanie Fall, around 2:30 p.m.
Fall told police she believed her son was with his father Jeremiah Grant in her 1991 gray Honda Accord.
"She was distracted, and when she got back the child was gone and Jeremiah was gone with the vehicle," said Capt. David Kretschmar.
Around 1:25 a.m. on Friday morning, the car was spotted by a Franklin County, Maine, Sheriff's Deputy.
Jeremiah allegedly led police on a pursuit through Farmington, Maine, where authorities deployed spike strips to successfully stop and arrest him.
Malachi was unharmed and returned home to his mother shortly after, and the Amber Alert was cancelled.
“The officer that spotted the car is a hero, and he was in the right place at the right time," Fall told NH1 News. "He brought my son home. And I’m so glad that he’s safe, and I’m very happy that this had a good outcome.”
Fall said that Jeremiah Grant had been going through some mental health problems and was unstable at the time he allegedly abducted her son.
“In this case, the Amber Alert worked. Any my son came home within hours of it being issued," she said.
Jeremiah Grant faces a Fugitive from Justice charge in Maine and was arraigned Friday afternoon.
He is expected to be extradited back to New Hampshire over the weekend, where he will face charges of Taking Without Owners Consent and a felony count of Interference with Custody.
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