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Toddler reunited with father; mother and grandmother are arrested

CLEARWATER — Authorities have arrested a woman they say never returned her son to his father after a scheduled one-night visit.

Autumn Marie Harris, 26, and her mother, Sandra Lawan Harris, 49, have been charged with interference of custody. The pair was captured Thursday in Winter Park.

Clearwater authorities have been looking for the two women for months. On March 20, Autumn Harris was supposed to return her 3-year-old son Jaeden to the Clearwater Police Department. The child's father, Ryan Johnson, is the custodial parent.

After Autumn Harris failed to show, a judge issued an order for police to pick up the boy as soon as they could find them. Johnson had hoped authorities would issue an Amber Alert, but interference with child custody isn't enough to trigger one.

Jaeden was reunited with his father Thursday, police said.

Toddler reunited with father; mother and grandmother are arrested 06/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:42pm]
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