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Abducted Newport News girl found safe; father charged with abduction, assault and battery

Newport News police said 4-year-old Autumn Williams was found safe just as an AMBER Alert was issued for her abduction.
Credit: Virginia State Police

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A Newport News girl was found safe after an AMBER Alert was issued for her abduction on Wednesday night.

An Amber Alert was issued for a Newport News girl who police say was abducted and is in extreme danger.

Four-year-old Autumn Williams had been last seen near Ayrshire Way in Newport News at around 6:09 p.m. 

Just before 10:30 p.m., Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert, saying Autumn was in extreme danger and that she was believed to have been abducted by Eliejah Chalid Hasani Williams.

By 11 p.m., Newport News Police confirmed the child had been found safe, and that Eliejah Williams was now in custody. 

Thursday morning, an Amber Alert update claimed Eliejah Chalid Hasani Williams, Autumn's father, used a weapon to abduct the girl from her mother's apartment.

The latest release said Williams fired several shots at the apartment building where Autumn and her mother lived. AMBER Alert correspondents did not say Williams had shot anyone.

Williams is charged with: Abduction, Strangulation, Assault and Battery, Brandishing a Firearm, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, Grand Larceny, Abuse and Neglect of Children, Destruction of Property.

Credit: Virginia State Police
Eliejah Chalid Hasani Williams and a 2000 Silver Nissan Xterra