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Amber Alert canceled after search for toddler in Central Florida

Police say 3-year-old Madeline Mejia was found safe.
Credit: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — UPDATE: Police say a Florida dad lied about a stranger abducting his 3-year-old daughter from the front yard -- but the reason may surprise people. Click here for the latest coverage.

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Madeline Mejia, 3, was recovered safely this morning hours after an Amber Alert was issued, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The FDLE published a picture on Facebook of the moment agents rescued her. It says law enforcement took to the sky in a Cessna, trying to find the man accused of abducting her.

Agents and Florida Highway Patrol troopers eventually found the wanted driver's car on Interstate 10 in Tallahassee, with troopers later bringing the person under arrest.

Mejia was found safe.

UPDATE: This AMBER Alert has been resolved. The child has been found... safe. Thank you for sharing! PLEASE SHARE THIS POST! A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for Madeline Mejia, a white-hispanic female, 3 years old, 3 feet tall, 40 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes, last seen in the area of the 600 block of East Orange Street in Apopka, Florida.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement have issued an Amber Alert for missing 3-year-old out of Central Florida.

Police say 3-year-old Madeline Mejia was abducted. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, blue jeans and pink shoes. 

Mejia is 40 pounds and was last seen in a black, two-door car with Texas plates. Police say the driver is a white-Hispanic man with long brown hair and facial hair, wearing a blue shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Apopka Police Department at 407-703-1757 or dial 911. You can also reach out on social media with the hashtag #FLAMBER.

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