A Texas man is behind bars after police say he abducted his 3-month-old daughter and drove his vehicle into a river with the infant inside.
According to the Gainesville Police Department in Texas, authorities issued an AMBER Alert for Lyrik Brown on early Tuesday morning. Authorities suspected the baby was taken by her father, Jeremy Nathaniel Brown, 30 after he allegedly got into a spat with the baby’s mother.
The woman reportedly told police she was riding with Brown and their daughter in his car when they began arguing. The argument then turned physical. The woman told authorities she managed to get out of the car, but Brown followed her and tried to continue the fight.
Brown then got back into his car and drove away with the baby, The Gainesville Register reports.
The man who abducted a 4-month-old girl has been booked into the Cooke County Jail. https://t.co/jEGEVxB8MW
— Gainesville Daily Register (@GvilleRegister) June 10, 2020
At around 3:51 p.m. on Tuesday, authorities received information on Brown’s whereabouts, which led them to the Red River at I-35 in Gainesville. First responders found Lyrik inside a grey Volkswagen Jetta, which Brown had apparently plunged into the water.
UPDATE:Amber Alert Tuesday, June 9, 2020Around 3:51 p.m. today, the Gainesville Police Department received…
Lyrik, who was still strapped in her car seat inside the overturned car, was pronounced dead. Police found Brown in the river next to the vehicle; he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Upon release, he was arrested and charged with assault of a family member.
Cooke County court records state that Brown has a lengthy criminal past, including charges for firearms, assaults, organized criminal activity, and possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia, according to Mail Online.
An autopsy on Lyrik is pending. Brown could face upgraded charges once the autopsy is complete.
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[Feature Photo: Lyrik Brown/Police Handout; Twitter]