AMBER Alert: Virginia police release images showing 7-month-old child being abducted

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Police in Virginia have issued an Amber Alert for a 7-month-old child who is believed to be with her 51-year-old father, Carl Ray Kennedy. 

Virginia State Police say Emma Grace Kennedy was taken by 51-year-old Carl Ray Kennedy, who carried a knife when he assaulted the infant’s mother at a Kwik Stop.

Emma Grace Kennedy was last seen wearing a light blue onsie with dots and a white rabbit on the left leg and matching headband. She has a small scar on her left cheek.

“My worst fear is that she is just on the side of the road somewhere or left alone,” said Emma’s aunt Amy Metzger, who lives in Virginia Beach.  “She just brightens our lives and she is adorable and happy and healthy.” 

Metzger got a call Sunday night that her niece was gone. 

“I’m not sure if he had been following her or how they ended up at the same place together,” Metzger added.

Monday afternoon, Danville police released surveillance photos of what they say is the suspect with the baby and a vehicle.

“Please note the spare tire located on the back rear passenger side of the vehicle,” Danville police said in a news release.

Police said the suspect could be going south to North Carolina.

Metzger said Kennedy was upset at her sister for getting full custody of Emma two weeks ago.  She told 9 On Your Side sister station WAVY Kennedy had been harassing the family since then.

“He has been making fake profiles on social media trying to attack her,” Metzger said.  “He was following the family and passing by the house multiple times.”

Family wouldn’t let Emma and her mother Krysten go anywhere alone, but last night they weren’t with her when she stopped at the convenience store.

Metzger says Kennedy told her sister, “I’m taking Emma and you’ll never see her again.”

“Emma is only 7-months-old and she is a happy, growing baby and has needs,” Metzger said.  “From everything I know about Carl, he has no means to take care of a child.  His level of transgression over the past month, he is willing to do any means to kind of get back at my sister for leaving him.  If that means harming the baby or taking the baby that seems plausible.”

He was last seen driving in Danville, Virginia near the North Carolina border in a gold 2007 Suzuki Forenza with North Carolina license tag number FAA-1873. It has a Johnny’s Auto Sales emblem on the trunk.  

Police said the tags do not belong to the vehicle.

Police released the other vehicles that Kennedy has access to:

  • Burgundy Toyota Camry
  • Blue Jeep Cherokee
  • Dodge truck

It is likely Kennedy is using the NC FAA-1873 tags on one or more vehicles, police said.

The last known location for Kennedy was in Randolph County in North Carolina.

The Virginia State Police and the FBI are also working on the case.

Carl Ray Kennedy stands 5 feet  8 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds.  

He has gray hair, green eyes and was last seen wearing a brown T-shirt, gray shorts, and black and white sketchers.  

Carl Ray Kennedy has a pierced left ear and numerous tattoos on both arms.   

He is a registered sex offender in North Carolina after a 2014 conviction for sexual battery. 

The Sex Offender Registry shows he is listed as living in Asheboro.

He is currently out on bond after being arrested on drug charges, police said.  

 If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Danville Police Department immediately at (434) 799-6510, or call 911 or *HP. 

 

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