Amber Alert canceled for 4-year-old taken by non-custodial father

By: Jerrita Patterson

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - For hours Sunday morning, a Memphis boy was at the center of an Amber Alert.

Detectives told FOX13, investigators were also looking for the little boy's father who is said to have taken him.

It all started at a Southeast Memphis apartment complex, where police were seen coming and going. The constant flow of officers, was to find Zion Byrd, 4. 

Zion was last seen at Lamar Crossing Apartments around 3:00 a.m. A statewide search got underway, in hopes of bringing him home. Police said Zion's father does not have custody of his son. 

"We heard the Amber alert go off this morning so we were trying to check the news to see where it was," Charlotte Stewart who lives nearby said. "We were surprised it was over here."

Stewart said where the little boy was last seen isn't far from her own home. The mother of two, was rethinking her family's safety.

"The gate is always locked and the kids play in the park and it's usually pretty safe over here," Stewart said.

A warrant was later issued for Nichols, on a felony charge of custodial interference. About 90 minutes later, police said Zion Byrd was back home--while his father was taken into police custody awaiting an arraignment.

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