Amber Alert cancelled as baby found safe in North Carolina

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DANVILLE, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (12:50 p.m.):

The baby girl abducted by her registered sex offender father has been found safe in North Carolina.

According to the Danville Police Department, Carl Ray Kennedy was arrested in Randleman, North Carolina with the help of the FBI, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Danville Police and U.S. Secret Service.

At 11:55 a.m. on Tuesday, a call center in Danville received a phoned-in tip reporting Kennedy at home in the 4000 block of Wells Lane in Randleman.

Officers converged on the house arrested him without incident. The girl he abducted, 7-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy, was at the house.

Carl is in custody and Emma was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

She appears to be in good health, and her mother, who lives in Virginia, has been notified.

An Amber Alert was issued for Emma Grace Kennedy earlier this week, but it has since been canceled.

Police said they found the 2007 Suzuki Carl had been believed to be driving at the home with license plate FAA-1873. The formerly gold vehicle had been spray-painted black.

An aunt of the girl said she believed that Kennedy was capable of harming his daughter.

"At his age and his health, I wouldn't put anything past him," Amy Wyatt Metzger, a sister of Krysten Murphy, the baby's mother, said Tuesday before Kennedy's capture.

"He's said things alluding to harming her or the family or the baby," said Metzger, who lives in Virginia Beach. "Things like, 'I'm going to blow up your family's house. If I can't be with the baby, you can't either.'"

Metzger said Kennedy had been harassing Murphy and her family in person, by phone and on social media since losing custody of the girl a couple months ago.

Murphy and Kennedy had lived together for about a year and a half in Randleman, North Carolina, which is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Raleigh, Metzger said.

After they split up, Murphy moved in with her mother in Danville, Virginia, which is where police say the abduction occurred.

Before Kenney's capture, Metzger said her sister was "totally just freaking out and beside herself" and felt that she was to blame.

"It's just gut-wrenching," Metzger said.

Kennedy is registered as a sex offender in Asheboro, North Carolina, which about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south of Danville.

North Carolina incarceration records show Kennedy was convicted in 2014 on a felony charge of strangulation and a charge of misdemeanor sexual battery. Sexual battery means he engaged in sexual contact with someone against his or her will or with someone who was mentally disabled or physically incapacitated, according to the state's criminal code.

Kennedy was required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Assistant Chief Mark Lineberry of the Asheboro Police Department told the Courier-Tribune of Asheboro that the charges stemmed from a report by a woman that Kennedy assaulted her at a home.

Kennedy has an active warrant for failure to register as a sex offender, said sheriff's Capt. Jason Chabot in Randolph County, where Asheboro is located.

In March, Kennedy was arrested on drug charges, including felony possession of cocaine. The Courier-Tribune reports he was living in nearby Randleman when he was arrested.

Kennedy had met Murphy, the mother of his daughter, a couple of years ago at a nursing home, her sister said. She was a certified nursing assistant and he was a patient in poor health, reportedly from a boating accident, Metzger said.

"Carl does not have anywhere to live," Metzger said of Kennedy's most recent living situation. "To the best of our knowledge, he has been floating around at friends' houses, wherever he can stay. He was evicted in March because he incarcerated at that time."


UPDATE (June 5):

Authorities in North Carolina and Virginia are following up on tips as they search for a 7-month-old girl they say was abducted at knifepoint from the baby's mother.

According to the Danville Police Department, Carl Ray Kennedy is the father of 7-month old Emma Grace Kennedy, who was abducted Sunday night at a convenience store in Danville.

Danville police say that Kennedy was driving a gold 2007 Suzuki Forenza during the abduction with damage to the front left. The vehicle may have North Carolina tags FAA-1873 or EKZ 5093, but the Danville Police Department says these tags are "improper and do not belong on this vehicle."

Police also say to note that the car has a spare tire located on the back rear passenger side.

Kennedy has access to other vehicles, including a burgundy Toyota Camry, a blue Jeep Cherokee and a Dodge truck. According to police, it is likely that Kennedy is using the NC FAA-1873 tags on one or more of these vehicles.

Kennedy was possibly spotted in the area of Seven Springs in North Carolina on Monday evening, and police believe he may be headed to Oak Island.

Virginia State Police said he assaulted the child's mother at a Kwik Stop in Danville on Sunday evening and then took the girl.

Police issued an Amber Alert and said the infant is believed to be in "extreme danger."

Carl Kennedy is registered as a sex offender in North Carolina, and is currently out of jail on a $250,000 bond for drug distribution.

North Carolina's sex offender registry says Kennedy committed the misdemeanor crime of sexual battery. That means he engaged in sexual contact with someone against his or her will or with someone who was mentally disabled or physically incapacitated, according to the state's criminal code.

Asheboro is in Randolph County, where Sheriff's Capt. Bernie Maness said authorities had no information on his whereabouts. He said authorities are checking out tips from people about places he's been seen in the past.

Emma's mother is a Pittsylvania County resident.

The Danville Police Department is working with Randolph County authorities to locate Kennedy and his daughter. Virginia State Police and the FBI are also working on this case.


The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an AMBER Alert on behalf of the City of Danville for a child abduction that occurred on June 3.

According to police, the child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at the Kwik stop on Riverside Drive in Danville on Sunday at 7:55 pm.

Police say the abducted is Emma Grace Kennedy, a white female with blond hair and blue eyes. She is seven-months-old, 2-feet 2-inches tall, and weighs 18 lbs. Emma was last seen wearing a light blue onesie.

Police believe the child was abducted by Carl Ray Kennedy. Kennedy is a white male with gray hair and green eyes. He is 5-feet 8-inches and weighs 170 lbs. Kennedy was last seen wearing a brown short sleeve shirt with gray shorts and black and white sketchers.

Kennedy has a tattoo of a skull on his left forearm, a tattoo of a skull with bandanna over the mouth on right forearm, an eye tattoo on the back of his right hand, a pitbull with american bulldog written under it on his upper right arm and a wizard on his left upper arm.

According to police, Kennedy was last seen driving a gold 4-door Suzuki with North Carolina license plate FAA-1873.

For further information contact the Danville City Police Department at 434-799-5111.