Mom surrenders to police after allegedly abducting daughter, shooting girl's dad

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September 06, 2019 - 7:25 am
Amber Alert South Hampton

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LONG ISLAND (1010 WINS) – The South Hampton Town Police Department canceled an Amber Alert on Friday, several hours after they say a mom shot her 3-year-old daughter's father before taking the girl. 

The Amber Alert was activated just after 7 a.m. as police searched for the child, Vanessa Tennant-Mitchell. The alert was canceled shortly before 10 a.m.

Police said the girl had been found safe with family members, who called authorities after seeing the alert.

Tennant-Mitchell was last seen with her 42-year-old mother, Patchita “Patricia” Tennant, who police described as a suspect.

Police were still searching for Tennant after finding the girl, but she turned herself in to police sometime before 1 p.m. Friday, according to PIX11.

Police said Tennant shot the father of the girl four times before abducting the girl Thursday night.

"The gentleman was conscious and alert. He was able to tell officers who responded that the mother of his child had shot him during a domestic dispute," Southampton Police Lt. Susan Ralph said.

The mother and daughter were last seen on Pleasure Drive in Flanders Thursday night.

Authorities said they may have been in a gray SUV Hyundai Santa Fe with New York plates HUS7151.

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