MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KGO) --An infant is on her way home Wednesday night after a family dispute led to a statewide AMBER Alert and an odyssey that spanned from the South Bay to the Central Valley.
The missing 4-month-old girl from Mountain View was located safely according to her family after police say she was taken by her father.
Mountain View police spokesperson Katie Nelson had said the suspect, Michael Wallin, should be easy to spot, "He also has distinctive tattoos all across his torso so he kind of sticks out like a sore thumb a little bit."
Wallin's stepfather said Michael dropped the baby off with his mother Rosario Jaime in Patterson, who drove the child to Livermore where she was reunited with her mother shortly before noon at a Walmart store.
"His momma took the baby back to the baby's momma, so there ain't a big dispute," Wallin's stepfather said.
Police say the mother and missing baby, Madilyn Wallin, were staying at the Residence Inn on El Camino Real in Mountain View Tuesday night when Michael paid a visit.
According to officials, the two adults had an argument and Michael drove off with Madilyn in a blue 2007 Nissan Altima with paper plates.
Even though there was no custody agreement and Michael is the father, Mountain View police still considered this an abduction.
Madilyn's grandmother said the whole situation was just a misunderstanding. "Everything was all a misunderstanding. A family drama with two adults," Wallin's mother Rosario Jaime said. She said her son was probably at work by that time.
"The baby was originally in custody with the mother," said Nelson. "She tried to take her baby back but Madilyn was taken without consent from the mother."
Police say Madilyn's mother was briefly dragged by the car, but she's okay.
The mother's adult son followed in another vehicle, but lost sight of it after Michael reportedly "brake-checked him" and caused a collision.
Police are still searching for Wallin.
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