CLAIRTON (KDKA) — A 22-year-old man is in custody after police say he abducted his 1-year-old brother during a domestic dispute in Clairton Thursday afternoon.
Police converged on the area of Soltis Drive around 10:10 a.m.
According to police, the incident started as a domestic dispute between Erron Jenkins and his girlfriend.
The woman was visiting her 22-year-old boyfriend, who lives with his mother and his 1-year-old brother in the Woodlawn Terrace Housing Plan in Clairton.
The woman’s grandmother called the police, fearing for the safety of her grandchild.
When officers responded, the man took off with his baby brother.
“I believe everybody panics when a child is involved,” Allegheny County Police Lutentiant Wesley McClelland said. “We want the best outcome possible, which we had today.”
Law enforcement surrounded the area and a drone was brought in to search from above. They searched a 7-square-mile area.
Police located the suspect and the boy in a wooded area near BAW Plastics on Century Drive.
“The child is fine is fine, minor abrasions due to the woods, no major injuries whatsoever,” McClelland said.
The child is safe and back with family.
His older brother was arrested and is being held in jail on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and assault.