Fort Wayne toddler found, Amber Alert canceled

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Fort Wayne toddler abducted by her father in a middle-of-the-night smash-and-grab has been found.

Fort Wayne Police said 2-year-old Adayah Renee Bratton was dropped off around 4:30 p.m. at the Wendy’s at 7631 Southtown Crossing “in good health.”

Adayah Renee Bratton, 2, and her father, Channing Scott, are pictured.

An Amber Alert was issued just after 3 p.m. Thursday for Brattan, who was reportedly taken by her father – 46-year-old Channing Scott – from her home at 807 Grace Ave. around after 2 a.m. Police said Adayah was likely in extreme danger in a red 2011 Hyundai Accent with Indiana license plate VKZ918.

Fort Wayne Police said in a news release that around 2 a.m. Thursday, Scott “forcibly” took Adayah after he used a toy scooter to smash a window of a van she was in and pulled her out. Scott is reportedly homeless and was last seen with 37-year-old David Cook, a 6 feet tall and 240 pound white man who is also homeless.

Megan Bratton, Adayah’s mother, told NewsChannel 15 that Scott suffers from addiction.

“I mean, he’s a good person, but it’s just that he’s letting the drugs and alcohol change him into a completely different person,” said Bratton. “He’s not the same person that met when I first met him.”

Scott was not found with Bratton and police are still searching for him. Police spokesman Michael Joyner said an “adult male” dropped her off at the fast food location. A witness described a “very clean” gold Buick with gold rims, tinted windows and a “college fraternity” front vanity plate, faded blue and yellow in color.

Police spokesman Michael Joyner said Scott is “possibly” still in the Fort Wayne area, but Cook has addresses in Marion.

Scott is a black man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with black dreadlocks and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark red shirt, gray sweatpants, and black and white gym shoes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Scott, Cook or the owner of the gold Buick is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP (436-7867).

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