BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – A toddler who was missing from the Denver area has been found safe, according to Brighton Police Department.

The 18-month-old girl is now with family members, police said.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert early Sunday morning.

Madilynn Ronquillo was believed to be with her mother, a 28-year-old woman named Brittany Claudine Martinez. Martinez is from Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Madilynn Ronquillo and Brittany Martinez (credit: Brighton Police Department)

The two were last believed to be in the Denver metro area. Brighton police put the request for the Amber Alert in to the CBI.

“Martinez is not a suspect in any crime,” Brighton PD’s John Bradley wrote in a news release, “but has left messages with relatives indicating she may be emotionally distraught, causing concern for her child’s safety.”

The drive toward the AMBER Alert legislation began after the kidnapping and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas. Hagerman was pulled from her bike and kidnapped by a man in a pickup truck from her neighborhood. Her body was found four days later in a ditch four miles from the scene. Her murder remains unsolved.


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