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Savannah-Chatham Police Arrest Man Wanted For Kidnapping Daughter

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Malaysia Robertson, Source: SCMPD Malaysia Robertson, Source: SCMPD
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A little girl is home safe and sound after Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police said her father kidnapped her from daycare.

The tense moments began around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon at Angel's Child Care and Enrichment Center on West Bowden Street. In about a couple of hours police located the child with her father at a home on Elliot Avenue.

21-year-old McCoy Robertson III was arrested. Robertson's one-year-old daughter, Malaysia, was unharmed and returned to her mother.

Staff at the daycare said they became suspicious Tuesday morning when the father showed up looking for his child. Teacher, Lisa Polite, said she had no idea the father would return in the afternoon with bigger plans.

"We knew something was wrong because he's not normally the one who comes and picks the child up," said Polite.

Polite said Robertson is not on the list to pick up Malaysia but she said that didn't stop him from aggressively entering the day care.

"He's cussing, and he's carrying on, and he's telling us let me go, I'm going to get my child," said Polite.

Staff said they tried to stall him as they called 9-1-1. Polite said Robertson shoved a teacher aside who was blocking the door and walked out with his child. A teacher followed right behind.

"Whatever we had to do we were going to get this child back one way or the other. No one was thinking about their own life. Our main concern was that baby," said Polite.

Polite said they lost Robertson's trail but police picked it up and arrested him a short time later. The child was not hurt.

Another parent who uses the childcare services said they did a great job informing families about what was going on.

"I received a call at work that there was an incident, that she was fine, I was definitely reassured that everything was okay," said Trenese Thomas.

Trenese Thomas said the way staff handled this incident gives her confidence her child is in the right hands.

"It's a blessing to have them watch my child and know she's definitely safe even if an incident or something arises," said Thomas.

Polite said she's relieved this was a happy ending.

"We are just glad that she's safe, that's the main thing. We can all get some sleep because I don't think none of us would be able to if she hadn't been returned," said Polite.

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Spokesman said this isn't the first time Robertson has been arrested but he didn't know the past charges.

Police are still trying to find out why the dad tried to take his daughter.

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