• Police: Friend returned kidnapped 3-month-old to mother in Sanford

    By: Chip Skambis , Deanna Allbrittin , Steve Barrett


    SANFORD, Fla. - A 3-month-old girl who Sanford police said was abducted by her father Sunday morning has been found safe, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

    Law enforcement officials issued the Amber Alert for 3-month-old Na'tori Mazion after police said the child's father, 31-year-old Tedrick Mazion, took her from her home along the 400 block of West Seminole Boulevard in Sanford. 

    Sanford police said a friend of Tedrick, whom authorities did not identify, returned the infant to his mother. Tedrick's friend is being questioned by police, officials said. 

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    According to Sanford police, Tedrick Mazion allegedly entered an apartment around 8:30 a.m. at 401 West Seminole Boulevard at The Park at Ravello apartment complex. He then took Na'tori from the apartment while her mother tried to stop him, police said. 

    Sanford police mounted an hours-long search for the child.

    Police said Tedrick Mazion has not been involved in Na'tori's life since her birth. 

    The baby’s grandmother, Ruby Wise, said she did not think the baby’s father would harm the child, nut felt there was no choice but to call police. 

    “He just barged in the door and took her. You know, when she pepped out the door to see who it was, he just forced his way into the house,” Wise said. “She’s alright. We got her back. A relief.”

    Law enforcement officials canceled the Amber Alert around 3:45 p.m. 

    Police are still searching for Mazio.

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