Abducted Child: Ayinde Bradford
Update 9 Feb: Ayinde reunited with his mother, Father charged with abduction
PITTSBURGH — An Amber Alert has been issued for a child who was taken in a custody dispute outside the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the city’s North Side, police said. The boy, 4-year-old Ayinde Bradford, is black, with short black hair and brown eyes, about 3 1/2 feet tall and 45 pounds. He was wearing a long-sleeved orange shirt with black letters; black pants with a white stripe; a red coat with a black stripe; and blue sneakers.He was last seen with his father, Kunta, in a dark four-door sedan being driven by an unidentified black woman, police said. The car has a Pennsylvania license plate that includes DN096.
Kunta Bradford, 29, is described as black, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, a goatee, a tattoo of a Chinese symbol and the name Malik on his left bicep, a tattoo of an African symbol on his right bicep, wearing a 3/4-length black wool coat.
Police said Kunta Bradford may also be in possession of a dark green 1997 Toyota Camry with Pennsylvania license plate GMR7704.
Ayinde Bradford’s grandmother was dropping him off at his preschool program at the museum in Allegheny Square at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, according to police.
Kunta Bradford confronted Ayinde’s grandmother in the parking lot and pushed her to the ground when she attempted to give him a protection from abuse order that Ayinde’s mother had filed, according to Pittsburgh Public Schools Safety Chief Bob Fadzen.
The grandmother grabbed Mace from her car, but Bradford took his son and drove away, Fadzen said.
Though the incident happened Thursday morning, the Amber Alert was not issued until about 1:15 p.m., more than three hours later.
Police said the missing boy’s parents are involved in a custody dispute.
According to the PFA, Ayinde Bradford’s mother claims that Kunta Bradford has a history of acting violently toward her.
The man has struck her in the eye with a bottle, pushed her down some stairs, threatened to take their child away, and chased her as she ran through the streets with their son, according to the PFA.
The PFA was filed after an alleged incident on Dec. 28, in which the woman describes being struck and pulled out of a car in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
A judge continued the order on Jan. 30 and allowed it to stay in effect until Feb. 21.
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