4-year-old Virginia girl found unharmed in Charlotte

Kaleya Ketter
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A 4-year-old Virginia girl was found unharmed and is in protective custody after police said her father snatched her from her grandmother’s home and drove her to his home in Charlotte.

Phillip Ketter called 911 Wednesday evening to report that he had his daughter in his home in the 900 block of Highland Mist Lane and wanted to cooperate with police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Keith Trietley said.

Virginia authorities had issued an Amber Alert for the missing girl, Kaleya Ketter, Trietley said.

Officers found Kaleya at her father’s home near Briarwood Elementary School, off The Plaza in northeast Charlotte, and placed her in protective custody.

Police arrested Phillip Ketter on an outstanding warrant from Virginia, Trietley said.

Kaleya’s family drove the 270 miles from Petersburg, Va., late Wednesday to be reunited with the girl, police said.

“I’m going to get my baby!” Kaleya’s grandmother, Kathy Brown, told news crews outside her Petersburg home late Wednesday.

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