Kidnapped 5-month-old located by Utah Highway Patrol

ST. GEORGE – An Amber Alert issued for a 5-month-old Arizona girl was canceled Wednesday afternoon after the Utah Highway Patrol located both the girl and her father who did not have have custody of the child.

The Utah Highway Patrol was made away of an Attempt to Locate notice concerning a green Dodge pickup truck with Arizona tags that would possibly be traveling northbound on Interstate 15. The notice was connected to an Amber Alert involved 5-month-old Aleeha Green, or Yuma, Ariz., who had been taken by her father, 47-year-old Jeff Green.

Aleeha Green (left) and Jeff Green (right) | Photos courtesy of the Yuma Police Department
Aleeha Green (left) and Jeff Green (right) | Photos courtesy of the Yuma Police Department

According to Yuma Police, Green, who does not have custody of the child, took Aleeha from her mother after an argument about custody issues.

Two UHP troopers were set up on the Utah-Arizona state line and watched for the green pickup as time elapsed from the ATL notice would put it in the area roughly around that time. The troopers did not have to wait long as a white Dodge truck passed by “that had obviously just been painted by hand, but green could be seen underneath and on the trim,” the UHP said in a statement released today. Green had evidently white-washed the pickup with white primer.

The truck’s license plates matched the ATL alert and both troopers followed the vehicle. Other officers in the area were also alerted and prepared for possible pursuit or other methods of stopping the truck – blocking ramps, setting up spikes, et cetera – as needed.

The truck exited I-15 at Brigham Road when Green saw officers were following. At this point he pulled over.

A felony stop was conducted and Green was taken into custody without incident. The UHP recovered Aleeha from the truck and it reports she is “healthy, happy, and beautiful (she knows it too).”

The UHP is handling the arrest of Green and booking him into the Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Yuma Police Department has been contacted as they are the originating agency. Troopers and the St. George Police Department assisted with the incident.  Aleeha was turned over to the custody of the local branch of the Division of Child and Family Services where she will remain until family arrives to take her home. 

Traffic on the Brigham Road off ramp was blocked for only a few minutes while the suspect was taken into custody. The scene cleared around 4:45 p.m.

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8 Comments

  • Jerold knudson September 19, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Its the childs father… You stupid … ……. Im pretty sure that a parent has rights to access their child. Chances are that the mother is the problem… Not this guy. Get you … right and let this guy go.

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  • Jerold knudson September 19, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Its not kidnapping.. Its A parent with their child… This is bull…

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  • Jerold knudson September 19, 2013 at 2:51 am

    … you and your moderation. I cant believe you let this run as a kidnaping case… If It was me I would sue your …
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    • Joyce Kuzmanic September 19, 2013 at 6:53 am

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  • AShley September 19, 2013 at 8:20 am

    just because he’s the father doesn’t mean its kidnapping if he no longer has custody the odiously the courts felt he shouldn’t and the mother was the suitable parent out of the two.if you no longer have custody of your child and then take the said child expectantly over state border then that in the laws eyes is kidnapping. even if a parent has joint custody and takes the child over state borders with out the other parents consent or even the courts consent then yes it is kidnapping. and not just that imagine what that poor mother was feeling come on the courts are there for a reason if he wanted his daughter that bad he could have fought for her not just taking her now his will never get his daughter back because he acted on him emotions and was just dumb.

  • tom September 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

    He does not have legal custody of his daughter so he isnt allowed to take his child anywhere at all unless the mother (who has full custody) gives permission. Even if this was a case of joint custody he still cant take his child anywhere without permission from the parent that has custody or a judge. I am not saying that I agree or disagree with his behavior, but I am saying that legally speaking, he has most likely screwed up his chances at ever being able to even have visitation with the child. I understand why he did it, but it was a purely emotional decision that led him to do that. I really do hope that somehow he will be able to see his daughter after this. That is if his reason for taking her was because of an overwhelming love of his child and not out of spite towards the mother.

  • ladybugavenger September 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    hen a parent is involved in taking a child without consent of the court or parent my education led me to believe
    it is referred to as an abduction…parental abduction. As opposed to a kidnapping.

  • ladybugavenger September 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    *when

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