An Amber Alert has been issued for a New York City toddler they say was taken by her father, who does not have custody and is not allowed to be with her alone.
Seniya Benitez, a 2-year-old girl with autism from the Bronx, was last seen shortly before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in her home on Gleason Avenue. Police say her grandmother, who has legal custody of the child, got into some sort of argument with Benitez’s father Christian — and the father allegedly took the child.
The Amber Alert was issued early Wednesday afternoon, more than seven hours after authorities said they were looking for the child. It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the escalation.
Cops say there is no information on any violence-related issues in Christian Benitez’s past. It’s not clear why he is only permitted supervised visits with his daughter, nor is it clear what happened to her mother.
Seniya Benitez is described as being about 3 feet tall and 35 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a light colored coat and multi-colored pajamas; she wasn’t wearing shoes and is nonverbal.
Her father is said to be 21 years old, around 5 feet 5 inches tall and 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a dark coat and blue jeans, traveling on the 6 subway train at Castle Hill Avenue.