Three young Alabama children found after Amber Alert issued; man in custody, officials say

 Three children at the center of an Amber Alert issued in Alabama have been found safe and a man is in custody in connection to their alleged abduction, state and local officials said.

Prior to the alert being issued, the three children − a 6-month old, a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old − were last seen about 5 a.m. Tuesday in Ohatchee, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

The agency, which issued the alert after Ohatchee Police Department reported them missing, said the children were in “extreme danger" and were likely with a man identified by officials as Stephen Channing Pruitt, 31.

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Suspect in custody in children's abduction

Tuesday night, the police department reported the children were found safe, but did not elaborate where they were found or say if the suspect had a connection to them.

The Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency said the children's alleged kidnapper, Pruitt, was also in custody.

Police said the department would issue more details about the case.

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