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Missing baby found; father taken into custody, authorities say

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 | 4:40 p.m.

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Jeff Green

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Aleeha Green

A 5-month-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found and her father taken into custody in Utah, near the Nevada border.

The Utah Highway Patrol discovered the two about 2:30 p.m. on Interstate 15, about four miles from Nevada, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson. The child was unharmed.

The father, Jeff Green, reportedly took Aleeha Green from Yuma, Ariz., and an Amber Alert was issued, officials said. Joe Franklin of the Yuma Police Department said Green took Aleeha from her mother after an argument about custody over the child.

Green, who has no custodial rights, had allegedly made suicidal comments to relatives in the past.

The man’s lime green Dodge Ram pickup, which has flames painted on its hood, was spotted near the Las Vegas Strip about 12:20 p.m. about two hours before he was caught, authorities said. Aleeha, who has blond hair and green eyes, had last been seen wearing a onesie that read “daddy’s girl” on the front.

Yuma police did not know late Wednesday whether Green would face any charges in connection with the alleged abduction.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Yuma police Det. K. Huntley at (928) 373-4781 or the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700.

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