Durham toddler found safe, father arrested after mother stabbed, police say

Missing Persons

Emerson Melendez (Source: NC AMBER Alert)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – An AMBER Alert out of Durham has been canceled after police say the 2-year-old child and his father were found nearly 270 miles away.

Durham police say Emerson Rivas-Melendez and his 2-year-old son were found Thursday morning in Prince George County, Maryland.

The child is safe and the father is in custody, police say.

Rivas-Melendez faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

Police said they believe Melendez stabbed the toddler’s mother inside her home on Myra Street at about 1:30 a.m. and then left the scene with the child.

The mother suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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