Nescopeck Amber Alert 2
Nescopeck Amber Alert 2
Good evening and thank you for joining us.i'm mark hiller ((brittany))and i'm brittany sweeney.
((brittany))a father from luzerne is in custody after police say he triggered an amber alert overnight.((mark)) the little girl at the heart of the search is safe tonight after being found with her dad in new york city.
Eyewitness news reporter haley bianco has been following this story..she joins us live from nescopeck with the latest..
((haley)) this is where 3-year-old ava byrne was last seen early this morning around 12:30.
State police say her 24-year-old father, robert byrne, abducted her from the house... sparking the desperate search.
(haley))this is 3-year-old ava byrne.
Authorities found the little girl in queens, new york friday afternoon around 2:30 after an extensive search and amber alert that spanned two states.
Her father, robert byrne, is now in custody.
As police in both states looked for the child and her father, they used amber alert billboards to try and track down the suspect and the little girl.the car description and pennsylvania license plate number were posted in the alert that eventually led to the pair.
Ava's aunt, mckenna cyr tells us byrne has been acting very strange... and this isn't the first time he's threatened to take his daughter.
Cyr tells us while robert has not been diagnosed with any psychological problems, he has been saying he's hearing voices.
She adds he's been very violent toward his girlfriend, ava's mother -- morgan barela -- who is pregnant with another child.
She says she thinks drugs could be the reason for his strange behavior.
Mckenna cyr ava's aunt "he keeps saying he's been hearing voices and that he wants to bury them in the back yard and he's saying he wants to kill them, the voices are telling him to kill them and he leaves in the middle of the night, just leaves and cue doesn't say anything."
((haley))a driver in new york saw the car that matched the amber alert and altered a new york city traffic agent.
When police officers approached the car, robert byrne had already gotten out of the vehicle and was walking away with the child in his arms. when officers stopped the suspect, they were able to take the child and handcuff byrne.
Officers say the little girl appeared to be healthy, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
((haley)) family members and neighbors tell us they are happy ava is ok.
They also hope robert will get the help he needs.
I'll have more on this story for you tonight at 11.live in nescopeck, haley bianco eyewitness news.
((brittany))authorities say little ava was taken to the hospital as a precaution.they tell us she's doing fine.