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Missing Auburn toddler found; Amber Alert over

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UPDATE: Officers arrested the suspect about 2:30 p.m. in Tukwila, according to Auburn police.

INITIAL STORY: An Amber Alert issued Wednesday brought the safe and speedy return of an Auburn toddler but her father, who is accused of abducting her after threatening to kill the girl’s mother, remains on the run.

Police said Anthony Burton, 33, had a friend bring his 15-month-old daughter to his mother’s house in Spanaway, where detectives were waiting.

A-Yana Burton was not harmed and police planned to return the girl to her mother.

The incident started about 1 p.m. Sunday when Burton, 33, allegedly threatened to shoot his daughter’s mother at her home in the 1900 block of Fir Street Southeast. When the woman fled to call 911, Burton allegedly took A-Yana without permission.

Police were concerned for the girl’s safety since Burton has in the past threatened to kill himself, his daughter and the child’s mother.

“Having threatened a confrontation with police and past threats to kill the child and mother places the child at risk of harm,” according to the alert

Family members and detectives spoke with Burton on the phone Tuesday and he refused to bring back his daughter, which prompted the Amber Alert the next day.

The main concern was Burton threatening to kill A-Yana “because of ongoing family issues,” Auburn police Cmdr. Steve Stocker.

He also allegedly threatened “suicide by cop.”

It’s unclear where Burton was but police said he is armed and driving a black 2006 Chrysler 300 with a Washington license plate AUY0186, temporary tags and chrome wheels.

He is described as a black man, bald with brown eyes, 6-feet and 150 pounds. He has a thin beard and mustache and a gold “grill” on his teeth.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Auburn Police Department at 253-931-3080.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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