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Amber Alert issued for two-year-old Bronx girl

Amber Alert issued for two-year-old Bronx girl who was ‘abducted by her father after he got into a dispute with the child’s guardian grandmother’

  • Seniya Benitez was abducted by her father, Christian Benitez, Tuesday evening
  • A New York State Amber Alert was issued Wednesday, hours after her abduction 
  • The toddler was last seen with her father at 2155 Gleason Ave in The Bronx
  • Police say that’s where Seniya resides with her grandmother, who has legal custody of her
  • Christian got into an argument with Seniya’s grandmother before he kidnapped the child and fled
  • The child is autistic and non-verbal, the public alert states
  • Her father is not legally permitted to have unsupervised contact with her

A New York State Amber Alert has been issued for a two-year-old autistic girl who police say was abducted by her father.

Seniya Benitez was last seen with her father, 21-year-old Christian Benitez, around 7.30pm on Tuesday at 2155 Gleason Ave in The Bronx. 

That’s where Seniya resides with her grandmother, who has legal custody of the toddler. The identity of her mother is currently unknown.

The New York Police Department said Christian got into an argument with Seniya’s grandmother before he kidnapped the child and fled the neighborhood. He is not legally permitted to have unsupervised contact with her.

A New York State Amber Alert has been issued for Seniya Benitez, a two-year-old autistic girl who was abducted by her father, Christian Benitez, on Tuesday (Seniya and Christian pictured above on Facebook)

The child (pictured) is autistic and non-verbal, the public alert states. Her father is not legally permitted to have unsupervised contact with her

The child (pictured) is autistic and non-verbal, the public alert states. Her father is not legally permitted to have unsupervised contact with her

Seniya is described as Hispanic, 3 feet tall and 35lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. 

The child is autistic and non-verbal, the public alert states, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket, pajamas and no shoes. 

Her father is approximately 5’5″ and weighs 160lbs, and was last seen wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and black tennis shoes. 

Christian was last spotted near the 6 train at Castle Hill Avenue, though it is unclear where he was traveling to.

Christian (pictured above) is approximately 5'5" and weighs 160lbs, and last seen wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and black tennis shoes

Christian (pictured above) is approximately 5’5″ and weighs 160lbs, and last seen wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and black tennis shoes

Police said the child’s father does not have a violent criminal history. 

It’s unclear why Christian is not permitted to see his daughter without supervision.

The Amber Alert further states: ‘The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious physical injury and/or death.

‘Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the New York City Police Department at (866)N Y S-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.’ 

Seniya was last seen with her father around 7:30pm on Tuesday at 2155 Gleason Ave (pictured above) in The Bronx 

Seniya was last seen with her father around 7:30pm on Tuesday at 2155 Gleason Ave (pictured above) in The Bronx 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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