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CEDAR CITY — Police have canceled the Amber Alert for a woman and a 4-month-old baby after taking the woman into custody at the Denver airport on Saturday. The infant was not harmed.
The alert was issued Saturday morning and was canceled just after 1:30 p.m. In a news release, Cedar City police explained the circumstances surrounding the case. They said a woman called police Friday night saying her babysitter had not returned her three children.
The babysitter, 31-year-old Emily Marissa Luciano, was allowed to keep the children overnight and return them in the morning. Instead, police say, she dropped off the two older children, ages 5 and 1, with a third party — then took off for Denver with a 4-month-old infant, Peyton Everett Caraballo-Winston.
"This was done without the mother's knowledge or permission," the release says.
The two older children were located and safely returned to their mother. But the infant was determined to be in "imminent danger," and an Amber Alert was issued.
"Investigating officers were able to communicate through text message and telephone conversation with Mrs. Luciano," the release says, "however, she consistently provided deceitful and inconsistent statements to officers and was not cooperative with the investigation."
Officers worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI to find Luciano. She and the infant were located at the Denver International Airport and Luciano was detained.
Luciano is currently in FBI custody, and the infant is in the care of FBI Victim Services while plans are made to reunite the baby with the mother.
"We are thankful for the collaboration and great working partnerships of the many agencies who assisted with this investigation," the release says.
The baby was initially described as being 5 months old, but officials later clarified that he is 4 months old.