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Amber Alert: Girl abducted by father in Northern California found safe; dad still missing

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 15:46:37-04

An infant allegedly abducted by her father, prompting an Amber Alert in Northern California, was found safe but her dad remains missing.

The Amber Alert was issued Wednesday after police in the Bay Area city of Mountain View said 45-year-old Michael Wallin abducted his 4-month-old daughter Madilyn from a motel following an argument with the girl's mother Tuesday night. Police said Wallin drove off with Madilyn sitting on his lap.

Police said the girl's mother was "dragged by the car a short distance before she was able to break free. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured."

According to police: "The adult son of Madilyn's mother followed Wallin, who was driving a blue, four-door, 2007 Nissan Altima with paper plates. At some point, Wallin 'brake-checked' the adult son, causing him to collide with Wallin's vehicle. Wallin then drove off, still with Madilyn sitting in his lap in the driver's seat. He did not have a car seat in his vehicle at the time of the abduction."

The California Highway Patrol issued the Amber Alert for Alameda, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mountain View police confirmed Madilyn was found safe about 30 miles away in the city of Livermore. No other details on how she was found were immediately provided, but police noted Wallin was still at large.

Wallin is described as white, with brown hair and brown eyes, and tattoos across his torso.

Anyone with information on Wallin's whereabouts is urged to call Mountain View police at 650-903-6395.