May 21, 2017 3:58 am
Updated: May 21, 2017 1:34 pm

Manitoba man charged after 2-year-old taken from northern Ontario town prompting AMBER Alert

The Ontario Provincial Police say the two-year-old girl who was the subject of an AMBER Alert has been found safe.

Lars Hagberg / File / The Canadian Press
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A Manitoba man has been charged with multiple offences after a two-year-old girl was briefly missing from a northern Ontario home, prompting police to issue an AMBER Alert.

The OPP said in a statement that Rainy River district officers were called to Chapple Township, east of the Manitoba border, on Saturday with a report of a domestic dispute.

“Upon police arrival, officers learned that the suspect had fled the scene in a vehicle in the company of a two-year-old female,” police said.

Police subsequently requested an AMBER Alert. Officers said they received information on where the man was. Police then arrested him and found the two-year-old girl in good health. The alert was cancelled around 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

Brad Farand, 37, of Brandon, Man., has been charged with three counts of assault, one count of choking to overcome resistance, one count of mischief, one count of taking a motor vehicle without consent and one count of driving a motor vehicle with more than 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. He was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act with failure to wear a seatbelt and novice driver-related offences.

Farand is currently in custody and is scheduled to appear before a Justice of the Peace on Monday through teleconference.

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