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Police detail what led to an Amber Alert for a 4-year-old Tampa boy

Boy was found safe Wednesday Night
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Posted at 9:47 PM, Feb 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-17 16:05:48-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla — Authorities said two adults held a foster parent at knifepoint as they took off with a 4-year-old boy outside a daycare facility Wednesday. The abduction prompted an Amber Alert for the boy from Hillsborough County.

Police said Kami George and Matthew Leighton showed up at Terry's daycare facility on Wednesday while his foster parent was picking him up. Leighton allegedly held Terry's foster parent at knifepoint while George removed him from the victim's car.

Leighton and George left with Terry Reed, 4, injuring the foster parent with their car's door in the process, police say. Terry was later found safe in Taylor County.

Police said George and Leighton were arrested and each charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Armed Kidnapping, and Interference with Custody.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.