JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Police say the two-year-old girl at the center of an Endangered Child Alert has been found safe.
The Johnson City Police Department reports that Oriana Anderson-Young was located at the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department.
This comes after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Endangered Child Alert on Thursday evening, which stated that Oriana was last seen on Oct. 17 and was possibly with her non-custodial father, Billy Young.
Johnson City police say the Jonesborough Chancery Court granted custody of the child to Oriana’s mother in a court order on Jan. 25, stating that the child had been with Billy Young since Oct. 17.
On Jan. 29, Oriana’s mother told police that the child was with the father, according to JCPD.
“The Johnson City Police Department was contacted by US Marshals and were advised that Billy Young had a Felony Violation of Probation,” the Johnson City Police Department said in a news release. “Investigators with Johnson City, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals Service began actively searching for the child. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation approved an Endangered Child Alert, which was broadcasted throughout Tennessee and surrounding states.”
The police department says it was notified around 7 p.m. that the child had been dropped off in Bristol, Virginia before being taken to the police department in Bristol, Tennessee.
“Child Protective Services were notified and responded to take custody of the child,” JCPD said. “The mother was contacted by Child Protective Services and was found to be out of the state. Child Protective Services is now investigating the incident to determine the best course of action for the child.”
Billy Young is still being sought by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals.