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Apr 11, 2013 6:16 PM by Matt Stafford

UPDATE: Toddler found safe, father in custody and facing charges

A toddler missing since January from Corpus Christi, Texas has been found unharmed in Colorado Springs and the child's father is now under arrest and facing charges.

One-year-old Alecxavian Zapata was found at a home near Pikes Peak Avenue and Chelton Road Wednesday night around 10 p.m. according to a release from Colorado Springs police.

Charles Ahmad with the U.S. Marshal's Office tells News Five that a tip came in from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Ahmad says someone saw a flyer that the organization put out, they were familiar with the situation, and called in information.

Colorado Spring police arrested Sturdivant in the law office of McDowell, Rodemer Thursday morning around 10:30. That's located near the intersection of N. Cascade Ave. and Pikes Peak Ave. Employees of the law office tell News 5 that Sturdivant came in trying to receive representation but attorneys were unavailible; police arrived and arrested Sturdivant. The employee says they weren't sure how police knew he was there, but Sturdivant went calmly into custody.

The Corpus Christi Police Department tells News 5 that Sturdivant is wanted for three charges out of Nueces County in Texas; failure to surrender a child, possession of marijuana, and theft.

Ahmad, with the U.S. Marshal's Office, said the child will be placed in the care of Social Services until the family is able to come pick him up.

Ahmad also says that Sturdivant will remain in custody in El Paso County while the courts go through an extradition process; afterwards he could be returned to Texas to face charges.



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