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3-year-old from Charlotte located after AMBER Alert issued, officers say

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says the child was allegedly abducted by her father earlier this morning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says a three-year-old child that caused a North Carolina AMBER earlier on Sunday has been located. 

CMPD made the announcement on social media.

Her alleged abductor is confirmed as Corey Patterson, 31. Police said Patterson was arrested and is in custody. 

"Following an extensive investigation, Marlaya Patterson has been located. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office," said in a statement posted on social media. 

WCNC Charlotte will continue to follow updates as they become available. The station has elected to no longer show the child's photo since the child has been found.

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