A 2-year-old girl is missing after her father failed to return her home from a court-ordered visitation on Saturday.
Police say the mother of Nadin S. Ayesh alerted them at 3 p.m. Saturday after the child's 35-year-old father failed to return the child at a pre-determined location in Orland Park, police Lt. John Keating said.
The mother alerted police because Ayesh previously had threatened to kidnap the girl and take her Jordan, where he is from, Keating said. That threat violates one of eight common warning signs of parental abduction, according to the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children.
Police had no indication that Ayesh sought to harm himself or his daughter or that they had attempted the flee the country, Keating said.
Court records show that child custody proceedings between Ayesh and Nadin's mother -- who never were married -- began in October 2007, with an order for supervised visitation handed down in January.
The judge overseeing the case, Patrick Murphy, issued Nadin's mother an emergency order of protection on March 14, but vacated it less than a month later. It wasn't immediately clear what spurred the order.
News of the alleged abduction shocked attorney Vincent Luisi Jr., who assisted another attorney in the child custody case.
"Oh my gosh, I can't believe that he kidnapped (Nadin)," Luisi said.
Luisi and the mother's lead attorney, Ronald Justice, withdrew as attorneys because of serious concerns in the case, Luisi said but wouldn't elaborate.
Ayesh was last seen driving a silver-colored 2003 Saturn Ion with a dealer's plate of 2056 DL. Anyone with information is asked to call Orland Park police at 708-349-4111.