NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-month-old Virginia infant who had been kidnapped by her sex offender father has been found safe.

The Danville Police Department in Virginia says in a Tuesday news release that Emma Grace Kennedy has been found in North Carolina and her father has been arrested.

The release says the girl appears to be in good health and was being evaluated in a hospital.

Police say Emma was taken by her father, 51-year-old Carl Ray Kennedy, at a convenience store in Danville on Sunday. Kennedy is registered as a sex offender in North Carolina

Virginia State Police had issued an Amber Alert saying the infant faced “extreme danger.”

Authorities say a tip led them to a trailer in North Carolina where they found a kidnapped 7-month-old girl and her father, who'd taken her at knifepoint.

Randolph County Sheriff Robert Graves told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that an officer entered the mobile home and "immediately grabbed her up and shielded her with great care."

The sheriff says Emma "had a great smile on her face and appeared to be in good shape and certainly a great smile on our deputy's face as well."

Police in Danville, Virginia, say Carl Ray Kennedy abducted his daughter at knifepoint from the girl's mother at a gas station there Sunday night.

Virginia State Police had issued an Amber Alert saying the infant faced "extreme danger." Graves says Kennedy painted his gold Suzuki black to try to evade police.

This story will be updated.

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