Abducted 3-year-old returned home in time for Christmas, police say

ATLANTA — More than six weeks after family members reported the abduction of 3-year-old Harmony Hill, the family this week celebrated her return in time for Christmas, according to WSB-TV.

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Police said Harmony’s father, who does not have custody of her, took her on Nov. 8, prompting authorities to get an interference custody warrant for his arrest. On Wednesday, authorities apprehended Nickien Collins after finding him and Harmony in Mississippi, officials said.

“Our world stood still for 6.5 weeks,” Harmony’s family said in an Instagram post shared by police. “Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers and shares! We (brought Harmony home).”

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Family members said that since being reunited with them on Wednesday, Harmony has ben in good spirits. They said she was found on the southern coast of Mississippi after the case was assigned last week to Detective D. Scott, whom they called “a true GEM.”

“She found her in less than half a week,” family members said. “And before Christmas, like she said she would!”

In a statement posted on social media, police said the case represented “another example of our commitment to public safety.”

“Our officers and investigators pour their all into every case and are relentless in their effort to bring justice to victims and their families and to hold suspects accountable,” authorities said.

On Thursday, family members said on Instagram that they were “eternally grateful that our nightmare is over, and everything turned out well in the end.”

“Peace of mind is a mental state that is often taken for granted,” they wrote.

As of Saturday morning, Collins had yet to be extradited back to Georgia to face charges, WSB reported.