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Missing Four-Month-Old Reunited with Mother

Crime

Gianina Martinez | Image by FOX 4

An Amber Alert was discontinued after a four-month-old baby was reunited with her mother after allegedly being abducted by her father, according to Irving police.

Gianina Martinez was reportedly taken by her father, Germey Martinez, 29, from an apartment complex in the 6300 block of N. MacArthur Boulevard.

Martinez allegedly got into an argument with the child’s mother and put a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her, Irving police said.

He reportedly let her go and told her to leave, at which point the mother went to the front office of the apartment complex and called the police.

The Irving police department’s tactical unit responded to the call and breached the apartment, but Martinez had reportedly fled the scene.

“Martinez was located a short distance away, in the 700 block of Walnut Ridge at the Budget Suites Hotel and Residences, with the child,” said Robert Reeves, Irving Police Department public information officer, speaking to reporters at a press conference.

“We’re very thankful — due to good police work and everybody’s assistance — that we were able to get this child safely back, reunited to her mom,” said Reeves.

When asked if Martinez had a criminal history, Reeves responded that he knew there was a history of domestic violence.

Injuries sustained by the mother of the child were not life-threatening, according to police. The child did not sustain any injuries, police said.

There was no custody issue, Reeves told reporters, but the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Reeves also alleged to reporters that Martinez had previously made threats that “if the victim ever contacted the police department, he would kill and/or hurt the child.”

Martinez faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Dallas Express reached out to the Irving police department for further information and comment but had not received any at the time of publication.

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