Justus McCarty, age 5, was reportedly taken during a home invasion at 32619 Highway 86 at 6:55 p.m. near Golden.
According to a report from the Barry County Sheriff's Department, Justus McCarty was taken from the home after her father, Justin McCarty, 28, and the child's grandfather assaulted the mother and left with the child.
The couple has been separated for two months, and the father and grandparents were reportedly upset that the child had not been enrolled into pre-school as yet. Following a dispute, the father grabbed the child and took off on foot.
Barry County Sheriff officials arrested the father at the grandparents' home without incident.
"We had a quick response for this in a lot of ways," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "This was not something we could put out on an Amber Alert, but we did issue an endangered child alert.
"The child's father and grandparents are in custody and charged with kidnapping and assault," Epperly said.
Epperly credited a quick response by law enforcement officials for the resolution of the incident.
"It's amazing how quickly we can get things out there," Epperly said. "The child was actually brought back to the scene by a person from the Golden area. The little girl was tickled to see her mother again."
|Epperly noted that several officers were called off of other assignments in order to assist in the search.|
"They were really quick to respond," Epperly said. "But in a case like this, the child comes first."