Amber Alert cancelled; Virginia girl safe in New Jersey

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- An Amber Alert issued for a child who went missing last week in Virginia and was thought to be headed for New Jersey has been cancelled.

Police tell Action News 4-year-old Annabelle Doretha Hope Richardson was found safe after her father, 24-year-old Dylan James Richardson, turned himself in to authorities early Tuesday morning in Monroe Township, N.J.

The Amber Alert issued at 5 p.m. Monday by authorities in Virginia was cancelled at 6:11 a.m. Tuesday.

Annabelle Richardson went missing last week with Dylan Richardson, who is originally from South Jersey.

Annabelle Doretha Hope Richardson / Dylan James Richardson

Virginia State Police

They say Dylan Richardson, who does not have custody rights to the child, was allowed to see Annabelle as long as he stayed drug-free.

When authorities requested a drug test last week, police said, he fled with the child.

Police tell Action News authorities tracked Dylan Richardson's cell phone to Dublin, Bucks County last Thursday. They believe he may have been in Bensalem, Pa. at the time.

They also said they believed Dylan and Annabelle were traveling with Dylan's mother, Jaclyn McKenna.

The Amber Alert was finally issued Monday night.

On a Facebook page believed to be Dylan Richardson's, the account owner states that he did not kidnap his own child, that he plans on filing for custody and that he did what was in the best interest of his daughter.

The post was dated November 13th. The Facebook page listed Williamstown N.J. as Dylan Richardson's home town.

Stay with Action News and for more information as it becomes available.
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