Update 4:25 p.m.: Gwinnett County police said Sunday afternoon that 3-year-old Max Clendenin had been found safe. No charges had been filed as of 4 p.m., WXIA reported.
Georgia authorities are searching for a three-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard Saturday afternoon.
The Gwinnett County Police Department says that Max Clendenin was playing in the yard with her father at about 3:20 p.m. when the father “stepped into the home for just a moment.”
Max was gone when he returned.
Investigators believe Max’s mother, Magdaline Geffrard, may have taken the girl “from her lawful home,” police said.
Geffrard was last known to drive a gray Chevy Malibu with a missing license plate and passenger side front hub cap, police said.
Investigators said that Max was still missing at 2 p.m. on Sunday but that no charges had been filed.
“The main concern at this point is simply to ensure the child’s well-being,” Gwinnett Police Cpl William Wolfe told WXIA.
Wolfe also said that an Amber Alert has not been issued because the incident is “very complex” because of the “nature of the relationships.”
Anyone with information should contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.
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[Featured image: Max Clendenin/Gwinnett County Police Department]