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Amber Alert canceled for 7-month-old missing from Merrillville

The Amber Alert for Xeniyah Sanders was canceled at around 4 p.m.
Credit: Indiana State Police
Xeniyah Sanders

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A statewide Amber Alert has been canceled after police said a missing 7-month-old girl from Merrillville, Indiana, was safely returned to a police station. 

At around 4 p.m., the Merriville Police Department said Xeniyah Sanders, who was believed to have been kidnapped, was returned to a police department in Illinois.

She went missing Monday, Oct. 11 at 5:35 a.m. and she was believed to be in extreme danger. She was last seen wearing a white shirt with a watermelon on it that read, "Grandpa is one in a melon." She was wearing a diaper and no shoes.

The suspect in the case is 35-year-old Leandre Nutull. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black coat and black jeans. He was driving a silver 2006 Acura TL with Illinois license plate CU62616.

Police have not said if Nutull has been arrested in connection to this kidnapping. 

Credit: Indiana State Police
Leandre Nutull

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