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Father Arrested After Abducted Antioch Baby Found Safe

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ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – The father who is accused of briefly abducting his baby girl in Antioch Monday morning turned himself in to authorities Monday evening.

The 11-month-old girl, Justice Alasheia Benton, was allegedly abducted by her father, Joshua Elijah Benton, police said.

A KPIX 5 crew was there when Joshua Benton turned himself in to Antioch police shortly after 6 p.m. He was taken into custody without incident.

“I don’t have weapons I’m not dangerous,” Benton told KPIX 5, surrounded by his friends. “I’m ready to face the music, I guess. Go to hear what they got to say to me.”

Antioch police said they received a report at 10:19 a.m. of shots fired in the area of Rainier and Sunset lanes, off of Davison Drive.

Arriving officers learned that Joshua Benton had allegedly taken his daughter during a domestic dispute, according to police.

Police said that as Benton was leaving, he fired one shot into the air from a handgun and got into the passenger side of a dark green Dodge Caravan-type vehicle with tinted windows.

A second person was believed to be driving the car. A license plate number was not immediately available.

Around 2 p.m. the baby was found safe after she was spotted with Benton near his residence carrying her, police said.

Family members were following behind him, and when he noticed police he handed the baby over to a family member and fled on foot, according to police.

Authorities said the girl has been reunited with her mother.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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