Brantford father faces charges in abduction of daughter

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A Brantford man faces several criminal charges following the abduction of his 2-year-old daughter.

On Thursday shortly after midnight, Brantford Police Service responded to a 911 call about an assault and abduction at an address on Bissett Avenue in Brantford.  The accused allegedly broke into the residence through the back door.  The suspect was confronted by the victim’s mother and another resident, who were both assaulted and threatened.  The suspect grabbed the child and fled the residence in a vehicle with three other people. Officers soon attended the residence, where they located the victims with minor injuries.    

Investigators believe the suspects may have gone to the Hamilton area.  With the assistance of the Hamilton Police Service, a residence was checked, however, neither the suspects nor the child were located.  Brantford police was later able to communicate with the suspect but he refused to disclose his location or return the child.  As a result of the investigation an Amber Alert was issued.    

At approximately 2 a.m. the Hamilton Police Service was able to locate the suspect vehicle and three people were arrested who were believed to have been involved in the incident.  The child was not located at that time.    

At around 3 a.m. it was believed that the suspect was located at an address on Upper Ottawa Street in Hamilton.  The Hamilton Police Service was able to make contact with the suspect and, just before 4 a.m., the suspect turned himself over to police and the child was located safely.   

The Brantford Police Service has continued to investigation the circumstances surrounding this incident and the involvement of the identified parties. As a result of the investigation, Shawn Jason McManus, 37, has been charged with abduction of person under 16, two counts of assault, utter threats to cause death or bodily harm, utter threats to destroy/damage property and break, enter and commit.  The accused has been held for a bail hearing.     

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