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Father arrested after missing Ottawa boy, 4, found safe in Toronto: police

The father of the four-year-old boy who went missing from an Ottawa home Tuesday morning is arrested in Toronto.
The father of the four-year-old boy who went missing from an Ottawa home Tuesday morning is arrested in Toronto. Photo via Jerrad Pulham

Ottawa police say a four-year-old boy was found safe in Toronto three hours after he was declared missing on Tuesday. His father has been arrested in connection to the incident.

Police said they were called to a home in the Ottawa suburb of Orléans at 7:20 a.m. where the boy was reported missing. He was believed to be with his father, Jonathan Gray.

Ottawa police issued a follow-up tweet at 10:23 a.m. saying the boy had been located safely in Toronto.

Toronto police tweeted shortly before 11 a.m. that Gray had been arrested. A later statement from the Ottawa police said a 27-year-old man had been taken into custody in relation to the incident.

Police have yet to provide details on the arrest, but Global News heard from a witness that the suspect, driving a silver 2008 Nissan, pulled off into a driveway near Tecumseh and King streets in Toronto pursued by more than a dozen police vehicles on Tuesday morning.

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A suspect is placed into a police cruiser after a missing four-year-old boy was recovered on Tuesday morning in Toronto.
A suspect is placed into a police cruiser after a missing four-year-old boy was recovered on Tuesday morning in Toronto. Photo via Jerrad Pulham
Police search the suspect’s vehicle after a missing four-year-old boy was located safely in Toronto on Tuesday morning.
Police search the suspect’s vehicle after a missing four-year-old boy was located safely in Toronto on Tuesday morning. Photo via Jerrad Pulham

The witness, who did not wish to be named in a story, said the situation seemed to be resolved over the course of 10-15 minutes without incident.

The witness said police removed the young boy from the Nissan and took him from the scene in a separate vehicle.

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Ottawa police had initially tweeted Tuesday morning to say they were issuing an Amber Alert and had begun the process with the Ontario Provincial Police of sending out a notification.

Before the notification went out, however, Toronto police said they had safely located the boy, ending the need for an alert.

Toronto police later clarified on Twitter that the Amber Alert process was “started but never completed.”

Quebec manhunt continues for father of 2 deceased girls
Quebec manhunt continues for father of 2 deceased girls