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Amber Alert for Missing 7-Month-Old Baby From Northwest Indiana Canceled

Xeniyah Sanders, 7 months old, is believed to be with Leandre Nutull, 35, Indiana State Police said

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."

Information about the baby's condition or suspect's whereabouts wasn't immediately available.


An Amber Alert was issued Monday for a 7-month-old girl from northwest Indiana who was believed to be "in extreme danger" and taken to Illinois, Indiana State Police 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."

The young girl 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.

An Amber Alert was issued by the Illinois State Police at 12:39 p.m., approximately 40 minutes after police in Indiana announced the initial alert.

Xeniyah's mother reported Nutull entered their 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 was also issued in Illinois at the request of Merrillville police, according to authorities.

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

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