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Infant kidnapped from Cedar City found with abductor at Denver International Airport

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Posted at 7:54 AM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 17:38:31-05

DENVER — A 4-month-old boy is safe and a woman is in the custody of the FBI after an Amber Alert situation that began in Cedar City and ended at the Denver International Airport on Saturday.

According to police, 31-year-old Emily Melissa Luciano abducted Peyton Everett Caraballo-Winston at some point Friday night, and the infant boy's mother contacted emergency officials at about 10 p.m.

The woman reported Luciano, who had been babysitting the woman's three children—a 4-month-old, a 1-year-old and a 5-year-old—had not returned the children.

"The mother agreed to allow the children to spend the night with Mrs. Luciano and expected them home [Saturday] morning. Mrs. Luciano continued to provide excuses to the mother about the delay in returning her children," a news release from the Cedar City Police Department said.

Cedar City Police said Luciano left the 1-year-old and the 5-year-old with a third party and traveled with the 4-month-old to the Denver area without the mother's knowledge or permission.

Police determined the infant was in imminent danger and activated an Amber Alert around 7:45 Saturday morning.

"Investigating officers were able to communicate through text message and telephone conversation with Mrs. Luciano; however, she consistently provided deceitful and inconsistent statements to officers and was not cooperative with the investigation.

Police worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and FBI agents to find Luciano and the missing infant.

"As a result, the infant and Mrs. Luciano were located at the Denver International Airport and detained," the news release said.

As of early Saturday afternoon, the infant is in the custody of FBI Victim Services and arrangements are being made to reunite him with his mother.