Missing 3-year-old girl found safe

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ATLANTA - A Levi's Call has been canceled after a missing 3-year-old girl was found safe Saturday evening.

Azaria Grace Iwangou was reported missing overnight in northwest Atlanta.

Police say their focus has shifted to the child's mother and the mysterious man who was last seen with Iwangou.

"I'm just grateful and thankful to God that it turned out alright and I got my grandbaby back home safe and sound,” said Iwangou’s grandmother Ruth Burns.

Iwangou’s other Grandmother Lafayette flowers admitted she feared she would never see the little girl alive again after the child was missing for nearly 18 hours. Flowers said her daughter called police after the child disappeared with an acquaintance the two were walking with along Donald Lee Holloway Parkway at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

"I just hope that she learns a lesson from this,” Flowers said.

Atlanta police feared for the child's safety and immediately launched a massive search effort from the air and on the ground that ended just after 6 p.m. with a tip that led investigators to an undisclosed home near the command center where the child was last seen.

"The child appears to be in good health. We don't suspect any foul play at this time,” said Atlanta Police Capt. Paul Guerrucci.

But investigators said they’re now questioning all parties involved, including a man they had detained in the back of a police car and the child's mother.

"Our investigation is far from over,” Guerrucci said.

Police said it is too early to say if any charges the mother and the man could face.  It's also unclear if the child will be returned to her mother.


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