Frankfort, Ky. police issued an Amber Alert for a 2-year-old Kentucky girl after her father, who police say visited Fort Payne, failed to return her.
Breanna Woodside was seen at 6:30 a.m. Friday when her father, Thomas Miles Woodside, picked her up at the Frankfort, Ky. police station for the non-custodial visit.
Woodside, 30, was supposed to return the child to her mother at 4 p.m. Friday.
Fort Payne Police Commissioner Ron Ogletree said Woodside’s mother, stepfather and sister live in Fort Payne. He said Woodside was seen at McDonald’s on Friday around 6 p.m. visiting with Bobby Clements, a classmate. Police checked surveillance tapes and confirmed the visit. At the time, Woodside was wearing a green pullover shirt with a hood and tan cargo pants.
“We know he came to Fort Payne on Friday afternoon and met a former classmate,” Ogletree said. “They met at McDonald’s.”
Police said Clements bought Woodside and Breanna’s meal and gave him $40.
“After about an hour of shooting the bull, he talked about taking her away,” Clements said. “I told him he should talk to his mother and sister. I told him he should do the right thing.”
Ogletree said Woodside then checked into the Fort Payne Econo Lodge and spent the night on Friday. He left between 10-10:30 a.m. without checking out at the front desk. Ogletree said he paid for the room with cash. Employees said they did not see the child or any evidence a child was in the room.
On Monday, Woodside’s family and friends gathered at Fort Payne Police Department to offer pleas for Woodside and Breanna to return home safely.
“He’s not dangerous, and that little girl is his whole life,” said Misty Mitchell, Woodside’s sister. “She is all he cares about.”
The family said Woodside calls his mother two to three times per week and last spoke to him on Feb. 23, his birthday.
“Just come home, Tom,” said Woodside’s mother, Mary Love. “Just come home.”
Police say Woodside is armed with a .38 caliber pistol and possibly dangerous due to "suicidal tendencies."
“The main concern we have is the safety of the child and Mr. Woodside,” Ogletree said. “But the safety of the child is first and foremost.”
At about 2:15 on Monday, an Amber Alert was issued in Alabama at the request of Kentucky state police, according to a spokesperson with the state Department of Public Safety.
Woodside was last seen driving a 1997 Lincoln Towncar with Kentucky license plate number 064BAA. Ogletree said Woodside allegedly stole the car from his grandfather in Kentucky.
Felony warrants for interfering with child custody and grand theft auto was issued for Woodside in Kentucky on Friday, Ogletree said.
Breanna has straight blonde hair that falls past her shoulders and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing purple sweat pants and a purple and pink striped shirt under a black jacket.
Ogletree said Huntsville police are following up on leads Woodside and Breanna were spotted at the Hampton Cove Wal-Mart on Sunday and Woodside possibly seen in a car matching the description of the car allegedly stolen at Valley Grand Apartments in Huntsville on Saturday.
The family said Woodside had daily visitation of Breanna except on Thursdays.
DeKalb County Sheriff’s investigators are assisting Fort Payne police.
Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Payne police at 845-1414.