Abducted Sharpsville child doing OK; Mother’s death investigation ongoing

The child and suspect were located in Reading City, Pennsylvania and are with officials

The baby girl that was abducted in Sharpsville Saturday afternoon is doing OK, while police are investigating the death of the girl's mother.
Antonio Velazquez-Rupert

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (WYTV) – The baby girl who was abducted in Sharpsville Saturday afternoon is doing OK. Meanwhile, police are investigating the death of the girl’s mother and a suspect has been arrested.

The Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert for the Sharpsville Police Department just before 3 p.m. Saturday. They then cancelled the alert at 3:40 p.m. and said the child and suspect were located in Reading City, Pennsylvania and were with officials.

Police said around noon, eight-month-old Ariella Downs was abducted from 331 Canterbury Court in Sharpsville at the Georgetown South Apartments. Sharpsville police were called to the apartments at 12:13 p.m., where they found the body of Amanda Downs, 28, of Masury, Ohio.

In the Amber Alert, police said the child may be with 36-year-old Antonio Velazquez-Rupert. Reading City police then located Velazquez-Rupert and the child in Reading City.

Velazquez-Rupert has been charged with kidnapping, interference with custody of a child and one count of criminal homicide.

Police are calling the death of Amanda Downs an ongoing investigation until a coroner confirms the cause of death.

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