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Police cancel Amber Alert; 2-year-old girl located safe

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Posted at 10:36 AM, May 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-05 13:51:34-04

UPDATE | Gladstone police said the 2-year-old girl, Sa'myia Barr, allegedly abducted this morning by her father has been located and is safe.

The suspect, De'Shawn Barr-Cotton, is not in custody, but police said the child was with a family member and called of the Amber Alert.

EARLIER | An Amber Alert has been issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on behalf of the Gladstone Police Department for a 2-year-old girl who allegedly was abducted at gunpoint.

Two-year-old Sa'myia Barr was taken by her father, De'Shawn Barr-Cotton, from 7036 N. Olive St. in Gladstone just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, the patrol said in announcing the Amber Alert.

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De'Shawn Barr-Cotton allegedly abducted his 2-year-old daughter after assaulting her mother at gunpoint on May 5, 2021.

Gladstone police said Sa'myia was wearing a colorful long-sleeved T-shirt, blue jeans and no shoes. Her hair is braided with black and white ball ties.

Barr-Cotton, 25, allegedly abducted Sa'myia after assaulting her mother and displaying a gun. He fled southbound on Olive Street from the residence in a silver Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows, the patrol said.

Barr-Cotton was wearing a black Nike, hooded sweatshirt, dirty fitted jeans, and black-and-white low top sneakers. He wears his hair in shoulder-length deadlocks, according to information from the patrol.

Anyone with information about where Cotton-Barr might be is asked to call 911 or Gladstone police at 816-436-3550.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.