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Man charged after boy abducted, setting off Amber Alert

Last Updated Jun 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm EDT

Niagara Regional Police badge. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon

A 44-year-old man is facing charges in the abduction of a six-year-old boy, which set off an Amber Alert across southern Ontario on Sunday.

Niagara Regional Police first issued the alert around 12:30 p.m. Sunday for what they termed as a “possible parental abduction.”

Police said the boy was believed to be with his father and that the pair were last seen in the Hamilton area around 9 a.m.

The situation came to an end approximately 40 minutes later when police announced that the boy had been found and was safe.

“At approximately 1:10 p.m., as a direct result of the Amber Alert issued at 12:30 p.m., …the suspect surrendered himself to officers and was arrested without incident,” police said in a brief statement. “The child is safe and uninjured.”

Police say a 44-year-old Hamilton man is facing a charge of abduction in contravention of custody or parenting order and disobeying a court order.

The man is scheduled to have video bail hearing on Monday in St. Catharines.