Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

UPDATE: Police on Monday afternoon canceled an amber warning issued hours earlier for a baby taken in northwest Indiana and “presumed to be in extreme danger.”

Information about the baby’s condition or suspicion of whereabouts was not immediately available.


Illinois State Police issued a rave alert on Monday after a 7-month-old baby was abducted in northwest Indiana and is believed to be taken to Illinois, authorities said.

Xeniyah Sanders was last seen around noon. 05:35 in Merrillville and was wearing a white shirt with a watermelon on the front and the words “Grandpa is one in a melon.”

Earlier, a state raval alert was issued in Indiana in which police announced that the baby was “in extreme danger.”

Xeniyah is believed to be with Leandre Nutull, 35, who was last seen wearing a black coat and black jeans and driving a silver 2006 Acura TL with Illinois license plate CU62616, according to a press release. Nutull is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has black hair with brown eyes.

Xeniyah’s mother reported that the suspect entered the baby’s home through a window, took the child without permission and fled, according to authorities.

Police have not said whether the suspect knows the 7-month-old.

The Amber Alert in Illinois was issued at the request of Merrillville police, according to authorities. It was unknown in which direction the two were heading.

Anyone with information please contact the Merrillville Police Department at 219-660-0028 or 911.


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