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Child safe after mother shoots father, kidnaps 3-year-old, setting off Amber Alert: police

Posted at 7:25 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 17:09:59-04

LONG ISLAND — A mother has turned herself into police after allegedly shooting the father of her child multiple times and kidnapping the 3-year-old, prompting an Amber Alert on Friday that was canceled when the girl was found safe, according to police.

Patchita Tennant is accused of kidnapping her daughter, setting off an Amber Alert, on Sept. 6, 2019. (South Hampton Police)

Patchita Tennant, 42, allegedly shot Andrew Mitchell four times at his home on Pleasure Drive in Flanders, then fled the residence with their child, according to police.

Mitchell was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The parents had joint custody of the child, who goes back and forth between houses in Flanders, according to authorities.

An Amber Alert was activated around 7 a.m., and stated the child was “in imminent danger.”

Hours later, police were called to a family member’s home, where the child was found safe and secure with blood relatives, according to authorities.

Family members said they saw the Amber Alert and immediately called officials.

The gun believed to have been used in the initial domestic dispute has been recovered, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Hampton Police at 631-728-3400 or 911.

Editor’s note: A photo of the child, as well as her identity, was removed from this story when the Amber Alert was canceled. In addition, police initially said the shooting and kidnapping occurred at a home in Riverhead. The story has been updated to reflect that it occurred in nearby Flanders.