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East Texas toddler, Zamaya Whitaker, found safe

The 2-year-old was found safe in Cherokee County
Anyone with any information about Zamaya’s abduction is urged to call the Center Police Department ay (936) 598-2788 or call 911.
Anyone with any information about Zamaya’s abduction is urged to call the Center Police Department ay (936) 598-2788 or call 911.(TX DPS)
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 5:58 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2020 at 10:10 AM CDT
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CENTER, Texas (KBTX) - An Amber Alert issued Tuesday evening for 2-year-old Zamaya Whitaker has been canceled. The Center girl was allegedly abducted by her father Tuesday afternoon.

Whitaker was located by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in Alto.

According to police reports, Zenas Whitaker, the child’s father, left the residence he was in this morning and gave Zamaya Whitaker over to authorities. Zenas was then arrested and taken into custody. Authorities are waiting for Child Protective Services to arrive and take custody of the 2-year-old.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued the statewide Amber Alert Tuesday afternoon after the Center Police Department activated the Deep East Texas Amber Alert program.

According to the Deep East Texas Amber Alert, the suspect, Zenas Whitaker violently abducted Zamaya from her home in the 100 block of Arcadia Road in Center at about noon on Tuesday.

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