UPDATE: Missing 1-year-old found “in good health and unharmed”


UPDATE 12/01 — Police said that they have found one-year-old Ziona Amaya and her father in New York City. Ziona is in “good health and unharmed,” police said.

A passenger first recognized Ziona’s father, Cornelius Smith, from a news release that had been shared over 1,400 times on Facebook by a group Black and Missing, Inc.

The passenger called Montgomery County Police and forwarded the photo over.

Montgomery County Police and the New York City Police Department located Ziona and her father. Smith has been taken into custody.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — Montgomery County police are working to locate the missing one-year-old, Ziona Amaya, of Silver Spring.

Police said that Amaya and her mother, Sandy Barrientos, went missing on Nov. 28, but Barrientos was located safe and unharmed. Now, police say Amaya was last seen by her father Cornelius Smith at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Amaya is an infant with brown eyes and dark hair, last seen wearing a pink jacket, green pants, pink sneakers, and a pink hat. Her father is 28 years old, 5 feet 9 inches, and weighs 160 lbs. He has brown eyes, an afro, and was last known to be wearing a white hoodie.

Smith is possibly using public transportation to get Amaya and himself around the DMV area. 

Police and family are concerned for their welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ziona Amaya and Cornelius Smith is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line) or the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

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