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UPDATE: Police cancel Amber Alert in disappearance of 7-month-old
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UPDATE: Police cancel Amber Alert in disappearance of 7-month-old

MERRILLVILLE — Police canceled an Amber Alert on Monday afternoon linked to the disappearance of a 7-month-old girl, Indiana State Police said.

Merrillville police activated the alert earlier Monday and said the child, Xeniyah Sanders, was believed to be in extreme danger.

The child was returned safely to a police department in Illinois, according to a department Facebook post.

Police said they were seeking a suspect, Leandre Nutull, 35, in connection with Xeniyah's disappearance.

Join Cpl. Jerry Patrick, as he patrols the hallways of Lake Central and Kahler Middle School.

Before canceling the Amber Alert, police said Xeniyah was last seen about 5:35 a.m. Monday.

Nutull was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black coat and black jeans and driving a silver 2006 Acura TL with Illinois license plates of CU62616, police said.

Xeniyah was described as 2 feet tall and 25 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a diaper, no shoes and a white shirt with a watermelon on the front and the words "Grandpa is one in a melon," police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merrillville police at 219-660-0028 or by calling 911.


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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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