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Child found safe after police chase; Amber Alert ends

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Jaylynn Maxey, 2, subject of now-canceled Amber Alert.  Police found her safe early Wednesday near Upton, Ky. Jaylynn Maxey, 2, subject of now-canceled Amber Alert. Police found her safe early Wednesday near Upton, Ky.
Joshua Yeager, Jaylynn's non-custodial father, now under arrest. Joshua Yeager, Jaylynn's non-custodial father, now under arrest.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Amber Alert involving a 2-year-old Shepherdsville child has ended after a police chase in Hardin County, Ky., state police said.

The child's non-custodial father, Joshua Yeager, surrendered to troopers on U.S. 31 in Upton at 12:09 a.m. Wednesday.  Police said the child, Jaylynn Maxey, did not appear to be hurt, though paramedics were examining her as a precaution.  An Amber Alert cancellation notice said Yeager was being transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.  A Facebook page that appears to belong to Jaylynn's mother indicates she is now back home.

Police pursued Yeager south on Interstate 65 and U.S. 31 for about an hour late Tuesday. They said Yeager was in a stolen Dodge Intrepid seen earlier in Louisville.  Police also had located a separate, stolen car connected to Yeager in a convenience store parking lot at Lee and Arthur Streets in Louisville before the pursuit, officers said.

The Amber Alert went public at 7:04 p.m. Tuesday.  Sgt. Don Burbrink, Jr. of LMPD explained, "On Tuesday, yesterday's date, we came upon new information that Mr. Yeager was indeed armed and possibly suicidal.  Based on the new information that we had received, we contacted KSP and again requested an Amber Alert and this time it was granted."

The circumstances that led to the alert were not clear from police early Wednesday.

The Facebook page that appears to belong to the child's mother, Melissa Maxey, and shows the child's pictures has a plea posted Tuesday evening:  "Please bring my baby back to me."  WDRB News could not reach the mother for comment; she did not respond to a Facebook request.

Shepherdsville Police Sgt. Michael O'Donnell said Yeager is "a person of interest" in connection with the Monday robbery of the Stock Yards Bank on Adam Shepherd Parkway, near North Buckman Street.  Bank surveillance images released to the media appeared to show Yeager in a t-shirt described in the Amber Alert announcement.

Police said the suspect walked into the bank with a gun and demanded a teller give him money.

The suspect took off on foot.

Yeager could face charges from three counties:  Louisville (Jefferson County), Bullitt and Hardin Counties.  Authorities may not have them sorted until Wednesday morning at the earliest.  It also was not clear early Wednesday where Yeager would be lodged -- and where he might have an initial court hearing.

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