Update Friday 8 a.m. – State police have canceled the AMBER alert. The child was found safe.
MONTOUR FALLS, N.Y. — The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a child abduction that occurred at a home in Montour Falls at around 5 a.m. Thursday.
The sheriff’s office activated the New York State AMBERT Alert at approximately 2:30 p.m.
The suspect, 31-year-old Katrina Harter, was last seen traveling south on North Exchange Street in Geneva, about 40 miles north of Montour Falls. Harter is described as a black female with curly, black hair and brown eyes. She is about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 330 pounds.
The 1-month-old child, Gionna K. Harter, is described as a black female with short, black hair and brown eyes. She is about 18 inches long and weighs roughly 9 pounds.
Investigators believe that Harter took the child to avoid service of a family court order that transfers custody to another party. Harter is believed to be in Geneva; she also has family ties to Wayne County.
“The child was taken under circumstances which lead police to believe that she is in imminent danger of serious physical injury and/or death,” the AMBER alert read.
Anyone with any information on the suspect is asked to call 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.
The Wayne and Ontario County sheriff’s office’s, Geneva Police Department and New York State Police are actively assisting in the investigation.