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Father sought after Peoria AMBER Alert; baby found safe, child's mother dead

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Posted at 9:05 PM, Feb 09, 2021

PEORIA, AZ — Peoria police say an AMBER Alert has been canceled after a 10-month-old boy, believed to be taken by his non-custodial parent, was found safe.

Officers responded to the area of 21st and Dunlap avenues around 1 a.m. Wednesday for reports of an abandoned child. Fire officials also responded and noted that the child, determined to be 10-month-old Abel Maes, was in good health.

The child's father, 30-year-old Eric Maes, is still outstanding and is considered dangerous.

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Police say around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a domestic violence incident was reported near 91st Avenue and Deer Valley Road. Multiple people reported that a woman, later identified as Brittany Martie of Phoenix, was holding onto a vehicle as it was driving down the road.

Martie, 30, had been thrown off of the vehicle and was seriously injured. She was taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries.

Police say Maes reportedly jumped into the driver's seat of Martie's car while her 10-month-old child was inside. Witnesses say Martie tried to grab onto the car as it sped away.

The vehicle was later found abandoned near 25th Avenue and Cactus Road.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Maes is asked to contact police.