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Tampa police find missing baby girl

TAMPA — Tampa police have located a missing 7-month-old girl.

Authorities said Thursday morning that the child's father, Joe Smith, 43, took her sometime last week in violation of a court order.

He does not have legal custody of the girl, Victoria Smith, police said. Victoria's mother is in jail, police said.

On Friday, the state Department of Children and Families obtained an emergency court order demanding that Joe Smith return the girl to state custody. The baby needs emergency medical treatment, police said.

Police say that Joe Smith dropped the baby off with a family friend in Land O'Lakes on Tuesday night. That friend saw the Tampa Police Department's Facebook post about the missing infant on Thursday and immediately contacted police.

A detective met the friend in Pasco County and took the child. She was unharmed and in good spirits, police say.

Joe Smith was not present. He is wanted on warrants for drug-related charges.

Tampa police find missing baby girl 04/10/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:50pm]
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