Liz Khatun was supposed to be left with Department of Family Services on Monday after officials told her mother that the 6-week-old girl would be taken from her custody, but instead both mother and infant have gone missing and police in Virginia say the child is in “extreme danger.”
An Amber Alert was issued on Wednesday afternoon for Liz Khatun, who is described as 1-foot-7 and nine pounds with brown eyes and short brown hair.
The Washington Post passed along other details about the disappearance of Liz Khatun.
“The child was likely abducted by 31-year-old Flora Khatun, the alert said. Khatun was described as 5-foot-2, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes and brown black hair. She was seen wearing a black T-shirt and black yoga pants. They may be traveling in a 2011 blue Toyota Sienna with Virginia license plate XJG1035.”
A spokesperson for police in Fairfax County said they sounded the public alarm after Flora Khatun failed to bring the infant to officials to be surrendered. Police went to Khatun’s home but could not find her there, and then issued a warrant for her arrest.
Liz was last seen on Monday, authorities noted.
“The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at 7611 Little River Turnpike. The child is likely abducted by Flora Khatun,” the Fairfax County Police Department said in the Amber Alert on Wednesday (via BNO News).
The disappearance of Liz Khatun and the Amber Alert that followed quickly became national news on Wednesday, with pictures of Flora Khatun circulating on Twitter and the story about the infant’s disappearance ranking as the most-viewed story on the Washington Post website for the day.
The news came just hours after another Amber Alert, this one for a 5-year-old girl in Alberta, Canada. Taliyah Leigh Marsman was reported missing after authorities discovered the body of her murdered mother, Global News reported. Police believe that Marsman may have been taken by an unknown abductor.
Marsman’s abduction was discovered when her mother, Sara Bailie, failed to show up for work on Monday, prompting police to make a welfare check. They found the door to her home opened and her dead body inside, with Taliyah nowhere to be found.
There could still be hope for Tailyah, with witnesses in Calgary reporting seeing a young girl matching Marsman’s description. The girl was seen with what witnesses described as a “stocky black man,” Global News reported.
While police have been tracking down leads in the hunt for the missing girl, her father has made a public plea for anyone with information to come forward and for the potential abductor to release the girl.
“I want to make a plea to anyone out there who knows anything about where my baby is,” Colin Marsman said in the statement released to the media (via Huffington Post Canada).
“Please, it’s never too late to do the right thing! If you even think you might have seen something that could be a clue, let your local law enforcement know immediately.”
Police noted that the girl’s father has been cooperative in the investigation and have not called him a suspect.
Back in the United States, it is not clear if there are any leads in the search for Liz Khatun. After issuing the initial Amber Alert, authorities have not given any update on their potential whereabouts or whether there have been any sightings of the mother and daughter.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Liz Khatun or Flora Khatun is urged to call the Fairfax County police at 703-246-7800 or the Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VAchild).
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