Amber Alert

Police Cancel Amber Alert for Missing NW Indiana Baby

The suspect, Leandre Nutull, 35, was said to be driving a silver 2006 Acura TL with Illinois license plate CU62616

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UPDATE: Police Monday afternoon canceled an Amber Alert that was issued hours earlier for a baby who was taken in northwest Indiana and "believed to be in extreme danger."

Police said the baby had been found, but information about her condition or the suspect's whereabouts wasn't immediately available.


Illinois State Police issued an Amber Alert Monday after a 7-month-old baby was abducted in northwest Indiana and believed to be taken to Illinois, authorities said.

Xeniyah Sanders was last seen at approximately 5:35 a.m. in Merrillville and was wearing a white shirt with a watermelon on the front and the words "Grandpa is one in a melon."

Earlier, a statewide Amber Alert was issued in Indiana, with police advising the baby was "in extreme danger."

Xeniyah is believed to be with Leandre Nutull, 35, who was last seen wearing a black coat and black jeans and driving a silver 2006 Acura TL with Illinois license plate CU62616, according to a news release. Nutull is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has black hair with brown eyes.

Xeniyah's mother reported the suspect entered the baby's home through a window, took the child without permission and fled, according to authorities.

Police haven't said if the suspect knows the 7-month-old.

The Amber Alert in Illinois was issued at the request of Merrillville police, according to authorities. It was unknown in which direction the two were heading.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merrillville Police Department at 219-660-0028 or 911.

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