Mother reunited with 11-month old baby after Amber Alert
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ANTIOCH, Calif. —
The father who allegedly kidnapped his 11-month-old daughter Monday turned himself in to police by evening, according to reports.
Media reports indicated 24-year-old Joshua Elijah Benton turned himself over to Antioch police at around 6 p.m. Monday. A call to the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department County Jail confirmed that a man of the same name and age was in custody.
At least two shots were fired prior to the kidnapping of 11-month-old Justice Alasheia Benton from an Antioch apartment complex Monday morning, according to authorities.
An Amber Alert was issued when Justice Alasheia Benton was taken from a home in the area of Rainier and Sunset lanes at 10:19 a.m.
He allegedly forced the child into a dark green Dodge Caravan with tinted rear windows driven by another person.
When police arrived they received information that Benton had come into the home through a window.
"We had information that there were one to two shots fired in the alleyway," said Antioch police Lt. Robin Kelley. "We are not sure if he was firing at anybody. For those reasons he is considered armed and dangerous at this time."
Two hours after the alleged kidnapping, police found the suspect's car and found Benton nearby holding his child, according to Antioch police.
After seeing officers, Benton handed the baby to family members and fled on foot.
Officers chased the father to a field near Lone Tree Way. Overcast skies prevented the use of a helicopter.
Police used dogs in their hours-long search, but he was not found.
Justice Benton and her mother were reunited Monday afternoon, Kelley said.
Earlene Norbert, the suspect's mother, said it was her son who returned Justice to her mother.
"We just want our son to come home and contact me," Norbert said. "It was all just a misunderstanding with the baby."
Police disputed that account.
Norbert's concern is for her son, now that her granddaughter is home.
"She's healthy," Norbert said. "She's OK. No harm done. Everybody is safe."
The suspect's mother said her son doesn't own a gun.
If you have information regarding the case, you are asked to call the Antioch police at 925-778-2441.
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