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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A little girl has been found safe in Virginia, but police are still looking for her father, who they suspect of killing her mother in North Carolina.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says the one-year-old girl was found Tuesday morning at a Food Lion in Newport News, VA. Tanna says the girl was dropped off by her father, 23-year-old
Alexander Zelaya.

Police plan to charge Zelaya with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Marianna Reyes, the little girl’s mother. Her body was found early Tuesday in front of her Fayetteville home. She had been shot multiple times.

Investigators say Zelaya fled the scene with the little girl in tow after stealing a neighbor’s car at gunpoint.

Tanna says police in Virginia are helping with the investigation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Sonja

    Thank you for the update!
    So glad she was found safe!!!

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