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Amber Alert Cancelled After Registered Sex Offender Arrested For Allegedly Kidnapping His 7-Month-Old Daughter

Carl Ray Kennedy's 7-month-old daughter Emma was believed to be in "extreme danger," police said. 

A day-long Amber Alert has been canceled after a seven-month-old girl was found safe on Tuesday afternoon.

An Amber Alert was previously in two states after police said a registered sex offender kidnapped his baby daughter and assaulted her mother.

Carl Ray Kennedy, 51, allegedly ambushed the mother with a knife at a Danville, Virginia gas station Sunday evening before snatching 7-month old Emma Grace Kennedy. Virginia State Police warned that the child could be in "extreme danger." The mother was not hurt. 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed Kennedy is Emma's father. 

He was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, according to WTVD in Raleigh, North Carolina. Emma has been sent to a hospital for an evaluation, according to WHSV in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The father and daughter were found in North Carolina. Details of how they were discovered are still unfolding. 

The father and daughter were believed to have been in North Carolina in a gold 4-door Suzuki with North Carolina license plate EKZ-5093, according to police. It is believed that Kennedy lives in Asheboro, North Carolina. 

Amy Wyatt Metzger, Emma's aunt told WTVD before Kennedy's arrest, "He's said things alluding to harming her or the family or the baby. Things like, 'I'm going to blow up your family's house. If I can't be with the baby, you can't either.'"

Kennedy was out on a $250,000 bond for drug distribution before his latest arrest, according to WVEC in Norfolk, Virginia. He was convicted of sexual battery in 2014, according to the sex offender registry. The age of the victim wasn’t specified.

[Photos: Virginia State Police]

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