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After Family Friend Allegedly Steals New Mom's Car, 6-Week-Old Baby in Back Seat Found Safe 75 Miles Away

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Six-week-old Cannon Tatum went missing on Tuesday, spurring a hunt for the woman who’d allegedly driven off with him.

According to a post in the Mid-Ohio Valley Weather Update Facebook group, the Amber Alert stated that a family friend, TaShanee Dumas, 23, had taken the baby at around 10 p.m. from Cleveland.

The mother went to the Cleveland Police Tuesday night and told them that she’d gotten into an argument with Dumas, who allegedly assaulted her before driving off with her car while the infant was still inside.

Matters were further complicated as authorities had reason to believe that Dumas might be driving under the influence.

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“The suspect and child are reported to be in a black 2006 Chevy Impala with a temporary tag of M38856,” the Cleveland Police posted on Wednesday.

“Further information indicates that the suspect may be intoxicated and driving around the Youngstown, Ohio area. Anyone who has information or who sees the vehicle should call 911.”

Thankfully, after vigilant work, police were able to track down the vehicle, and baby Cannon was found safe — 75 miles away from where he’d been taken, according to Fox News.

“Investigators worked throughout the night and the child was found in Youngstown, Ohio,” the Cleveland Police posted.

“There are no arrests in this case as of yet. Detectives continue to investigate due to conflicting information and will consult with the prosecutor’s office regarding charges in the near future.”

“The baby, pictured here with Patrol Officer Hassan Ali, is in good health and is currently in the custody of Children and Family Services. This matter remains under investigation.”

Many commented on the Cleveland Police’s post to commend their efforts and express relief that the baby was found safe.

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Ali, the officer pictured holding the baby, also chimed in to recognize all the people who were involved in the successful rescue.

“The picture you see above is a result of the hard work of multiple agencies for several hours, following leads, knocking on doors, and touring the streets,” he commented.

“Our main concern was to locate the newborn and make sure that he’s safe even after the rescue. It was a team effort and a restless night for everyone involved; thank you everyone for the support.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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