A man was arrested this afternoon (Jan. 7) after an Amber Alert was issued stating he had allegedly abducted a seven month old child from Long County.
According to Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles, Leander Nathaniel Harris was arrested in Statesboro and the child was found safe.
An Amber Alert had been issued Jan. 7, in the afternoon, alleging that Harris had taken Genesis Gutierrez Harris from her Glennville home in Long County around 9 a.m.
Harris was found driving a white 2020 Chevrolet Equinox, with a North Carolina license plate that matched the Amber Alert. While he had a North Carolina tag, it is believed that Harris also resides in Glennville.
The GBI released the following statement this afternoon:
"On Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Long County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the kidnapping of a 7 month old infant, along with the aggravated assault of the child’s mother. A Levi’s Call, Georgia’s Amber Alert, was issued to locate the child and Leander Nathaniel Harris, age 23, of Glennville, GA. The GBI recovered the child safely and uninjured in Statesboro, GA, with the help of the Long County Sheriff’s Office, Statesboro Police Department, and the Bulloch County Sherriff’s Office.
Harris was taken into custody and will be charged with the abduction of the child and an assault on the child’s mother. Harris is the biological father of the child; however, the child was considered endangered based on the forceful abduction of the child and violent assault on the mother."
This investigation remains active and ongoing.