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Father charged with child cruelty in abduction case

The child, identified as 16-month-old Kaiden Scott, was found safe. The child, identified as 16-month-old Kaiden Scott, was found safe.
Alfred Hunter was charged with three counts of cruelty to children, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. Alfred Hunter was charged with three counts of cruelty to children, kidnapping, and aggravated assault.
Albany Police reported that Kaiden was back in Albany, but not in his mother's custody. (Source: Albany Police) Albany Police reported that Kaiden was back in Albany, but not in his mother's custody. (Source: Albany Police)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The man arrested for abducting a 16-month-old baby faces child cruelty charges, among others in a case that spurred Amber Alerts across Georgia.

The child, identified as 16-month-old Kaiden Scott, was later found safe.

They found Scott in a car on Souther Field Road near Mayo Street in Sumter County.

His father, 22-year-old Alfred Hunter, was taken into custody after officers found the two.

Hunter was charged with three counts of cruelty to children, kidnapping, and aggravated assault.

According to a report, Scott was taken from the Superior Creek Lodge on North Slappey Blvd in Albany just before 1 p.m.

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Investigators said Hunter left with the child in a blue 1984 Chevrolet Caprice. That car was later found abandoned on Bumphead Road in Sumter County.

Less than 5 hours later, Hunter was arrested and Scott was on his way to be reunited with family.

Investigators credit a lot of cooperation from the surrounding area with helping bring the case to a close.

Once in Sumter County, Hunter was stopped by a Sumter County Sheriff's deputy along Bumphead Road before the Levi's Call was sent out.

"My officer stopped him and the only thing he knew was that he didn't have this child in a child seat and he charged him with that," said Sheriff Pete Smith. "We impounded the car and left him with the child walking."

Soon after, an Amber alert was issued, and Sumter County authorities received information from Albany Police that Hunter might be in Americus.

Deputies later found Hunter and Kaiden in another car on Souther Field Road near Mayo Street.

Sheriff Smith said Hunter was uncooperative once taken into custody, and damaged a patrol car.

Kaiden was said to be doing fine.

"The child is eating, he's had something to drink, and we're just so thankful that it ended without serous incident," said Sheriff Smith.

Albany Police reported that Kaiden was back in Albany, but not in his mother's custody.

Investigators said they were continuing to look into how Hunter ended up with Kaiden.

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