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Missing 6-year-old girl found safe after Utah Amber Alert

Posted at 3:00 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 19:44:23-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — An Amber Alert has been canceled for a missing 6-year-old girl who had been taken by her estranged father. Officials announced the cancellation, saying the girl has been located in Taylorsville and her father is in custody.

Chanzi Delgado had been taken from Summit County on Tuesday by Mark Anthony Delgado, who has no custody rights to the child. The child's grandmother actually has temporary custody of the girl, according to a court order from the Indian Child Welfare Division in South Dakota, where Chanzi lives.

The girl and her father, along with an unidentified third person, were identified while riding a bus in the Salt Lake City area. It is not known when Delgado had left the car and boarded the bus, of if he was aware an Amber Alert was issued.

Mark Delgado had recently requested to get back together with his wife. He traveled to South Dakota four days ago and brought Chanzi and her mother back to a friend's house in Summit County to discuss a reconciliation.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Mark Delgado picked up his daughter to run errands in a borrowed vehicle and later sent the mother a Facebook message that he was taking the girl to Los Angeles. At the time of the message, Delgado said he was 90 miles north of St. George.

Mark Delgado, who lives in Sandy, said he was taking the girl as retribution for making him suffer for not seeing his daughter. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office had reason to believe Chanzi was in imminent danger because Mark Delgado had mentioned he would trade his daughter in a human trafficking scenario.

Officials have not announced what charges Delgado will be booked under.