Missing 4-year-old boy from Connecticut found safe at motel, two in police custody


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WWLP) – Authorities in Connecticut issued an Amber Alert Tuesday night for a missing four-year-old black boy who was found safe and now two adults are in police custody.

Middletown Police Department Lt. Brian Hubbs told 22News the young boy, identified as Armel Muhammed, was found safe at a motel near 5th Avenue in Wethersfield. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The woman who police say is a family friend was later identified as 39-year-old Stephanie Michelle Fonda. She was taken into custody and questioned by police along with her husband, 37-year-old David Fonda.

Both will be charged by the New Britain Police Department, Lt. Hubbs said. Their charges haven’t been announced yet.

The vehicle police were looking for was also recovered.

Muhammed and Fonda were both reported missing from Middletown, Connecticut at around 3:20 p.m., Tuesday. According to our sister station WTNH, Muhammed was last seen in New Britain around 9 p.m. Monday night.

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He was left in the care of his uncle, Mario Jenkins. Jenkins left for work and left the child in the care Fonda, Lt. Hubbs said. Fonda is said to have taken Jenkins’ vehicle, a blue 2010 Chevy Malibu with CT registration AX50065, without permission.

The Amber Alert was issued out shortly after the two were reported missing.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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