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Young Peoria girl found safe, non-custodial father arrested

Luis Morales (Courtesy/Amberalert.org)

Luis Morales (Courtesy/Amberalert.org)

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Peoria say a 2-year-old girl has been found safe and the man accused of abducting her has been arrested.

They say 32-year-old Luis Morales is the girl's non-custodial father.

Police say he's facing charges of kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault, violation of a court order and auto theft.

Morales originally was arrested Sunday on suspicion of violating an order of protection concerning the woman and children living at a Peoria apartment.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance about 5 a.m. Monday.

Less than an hour later, police say Morales returned to the apartment to allegedly abduct the child and steal a vehicle.

Morales had been ordered by a court to stay away from the apartment and not have contact with the girl and her mother.