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Amber Alert Canceled: 7-month-old abducted from gas station found safe

DANVILLE, VA (WNCN) - UPDATE (6/5/18): Police in Danville, Virginia, say 7-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy has been found safe, and her abductor, 51-year-old Carl Ray Kennedy, has been arrested.

Danville Police, FBI, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Secret Service arrested Kennedy in Randleman, North Carolina.

Emma Grace Kennedy appears to be in good health and is being evaluated at a local hospital.

Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert Monday morning and said the infant was in “extreme danger.” The alert has now been canceled.

According to the alert, Carl Kennedy was armed with a knife when he assaulted the infant’s mother at a Kwik Stop and took the girl. Carl Kennedy is Emma Grace Kennedy's father.

Authorities say 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 incarceration records show Kennedy was convicted in 2014 on a felony charge of strangulation and a charge of misdemeanor sexual battery.

In an interview with WDBJ, Emma Kennedy's mother, Kristen Murphy, said Carl Kennedy had been harassing her and her daughter after she recently broke off their 3-year relationship. She agreed to meet him at the gas station in hopes of getting him to leave them alone. Now, she is terrified for her child.

“He has nothing left to lose now,” she said. “I feel like he would hurt Emma. He's just going to either A, disappear, or B, I'm never going to see her again because he's going to harm her. I think he's that sick.”



(6/4/18) Police in Virginia have issued an Amber Alert for a 7-month-old baby who is believed to have been abducted by a sex offender.

Police say 51-year-old Carl Ray Kennedy assaulted the infant's mother with a knife, then took the baby during an incident at a Kwik Stop in Danville, Virginia, according to a WRIC TV report.

Authorities issued the Amber Alert just before 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Police believe Kennedy could be headed to North Carolina.

Emma Grace Kennedy was last seen wearing a light blue onesie that has dots and a white rabbit on the left leg and matching headband.

She has a small scar on her left cheek.

Carl Ray Kennedy is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds.  

He has gray hair, green eyes and was last seen wearing a brown t-shirt, gray shorts, and black and white sketchers.  

Carl Ray Kennedy has a pierced left ear and numerous tattoos on both arms:

  • Skull tattoo with bandanna over mouth on his right forearm
  • Eye tattoo on the back of his right hand
  • Pit bull tattoo with "American bulldog" written under it on his upper right arm
  • Wizard tattoo on his left upper arm

Kennedy is armed with a knife. He was released from jail on a $250,000 bond for drug distribution.

Kennedy is a registered sex offender in North Carolina with a 2014 conviction for sexual battery. 

The Sex Offender Registry shows he lives in Asheboro, North Carolina.

He was last seen driving in Danville, Virginia near the North Carolina border in a Gold Suzuki  with North Carolina license tag number FAA-1873. It has a Johnny's Auto Sales emblem on the trunk. 

Police have not disclosed whether Carl Kennedy and Emma Kennedy are related.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Danville Police Department immediately at (434) 799-6510, or call 911. 


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