Amber Alert canceled for missing infant - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Amber Alert canceled for missing infant


An Amber Alert for a missing baby girl has been called off after the 5-month-old was found safe with her father.

It was a frantic search to find 25-year-old Michael Hurlburt and his 5-month-old daughter, Michaela.

Police said Thursday afternoon Hurlburt and his girlfriend went to the Department of Social Services on Christian Lane in Newington.

Hurlburt told his girlfriend he was going to Taco Bell to get lunch and feed the little girl, but the only problem was that he never returned to pick up his girlfriend.

Police said the couple lives together with his parents in Old Saybrook.

Police initially issued a Silver Alert before Connecticut State Police ultimately issued an Amber Alert for the missing child.

Factoring in to the decision is that in June, Hurlburt was arrested for driving under the influence and disorderly conduct.

Almost as soon as the Amber Alert was issued, a friend of Hurlburt's called his girlfriend, telling her he was just at her home in Cromwell, saw the alert on TV and was heading home.

Police put out a bulletin and officers found him at a relative's house in Middletown.

They said they checked him and the baby out and contacted Hurlburt's girlfriend. The child was then was reunited with her mother and police let everyone go.

"It hits home when they're close by," said Sue Roache, of Old Saybrook. "Your heart goes out to the mom. Imagine not having your child come back when you expect it to."

Police said Hurlburt did not have any baby food or diapers on him.

"Precious moments are lost with an effective system in place," said Jan Blonder of Old Saybrook.

No charges are expected to be filed by police. Officers added that their case is closed and they are done investigating. 

The couple would not talk to Eyewitness News when we visiting the home Friday morning.

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