Police: Girl who was abducted by father found safe in Gwinnett

Baylee Peeples

A 1-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her father early this morning is now safe, having been dropped off at a family member’s home in Gwinnett, Arcade Police Department Chief of Police Randy Williams said Thursday afternoon.

Baylee Sue Peeples was reported abducted around 1:50 a.m. after her father, 39-year-old Robert Joseph Peeples, took her, Williams said.

A Levi’s Call — an abduction alert — was issued for the girl, who police believed was in “extreme danger.”

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., Williams announced Baylee Peeples had been found at a home near Lawrenceville.

“Joey Peeples dropped off Baylee at a family member’s house down in Gwinnett County and she called Baylee’s grandmother, who went and got Baylee,” Williams said. “(The grandmother) went and got Baylee, and she immediately contacted Inv. Adams and the GBI, and they went down and confirmed that Baylee is fine; she looks fine.”

At this point, Williams said, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is “on the way” and they will assess Baylee, then “get her back up (to Arcade) to be returned to the home or whatever they deem necessary.”

Robert Peeples is “on the run,” Williams said.

“He has not been found,” he said. “The investigation will be ongoing.”

Robert Peeples has two warrants for his arrest — aggravated assault for hitting Baylee Peeples’ mother with a car as he took the girl this morning, Williams said, and kidnapping.

“He grabbed Baylee and put her in the van,” Williams said. “When the mother tried to get Baylee out of the van, he took off and struck the mother.”

While police will continue to look for Robert Peeples, Williams said he “jumped up for joy” when he heard that Baylee Peeples was found safe.

“It feels like the weight was lifted off our shoulders,” he said. “We’re just happy that Baylee’s good, that this one has a happy ending. It’s good to be able to talk about the happy ones.”

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