Amber Alert in Utah canceled after child found safe; suspect remains at-large

Posted at 6:15 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 00:15:21-05

SALT LAKE CITY - After several hours on the run with his father, a newborn baby is safe and in the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services Friday night.

The Amber Alert went out shortly after 6 p.m. Friday as police were looking for a 1999 red Dodge pickup truck they believed the father was driving.

“The Department of Child and Family Services was attempting to serve a warrant and take custody of the child,” said Detective Richard Chipping with Salt Lake Police. “The father, who was meeting with them at the time, took the child and fled from the scene in a vehicle.”

The Amber Alert stated the boy, who was born November 30 of this year, was born with drug exposure and has special needs.

The man police are looking for is 52-year-old Albert Phillips. They say he ditched the red truck near 50 East and 3050 South in South Salt Lake and believe he jumped in a white, 2005 Ford F-250 he borrowed from a relative.

However, roughly 2 hours after the Amber Alert was first initiated, it suddenly ended with the baby in DCFS’s custody. However, police wouldn’t say where they found the baby or how.

Police are still looking for Phillips. A look into his past reveals he was accused of domestic violence in front of a child in 1999; however, those charges were later dismissed.