UPDATE: Violet was located safe in Illinois. The suspect is in custody.



An Amber Alert was issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Friday morning just after 7 a.m., reference an assault and abduction.

The case originated in St. Clair, Illinois when nine-year-old Violet Charlton was abducted by her non-custodial father, after he assaulted a family member.

Mr. Charlton's black 2006 Dodge Charger was last seen on River City Drive in St. Louis at 4:43 a.m., this morning.

Violet was last seen wearing a teal T-shirt and pink shorts. She is 4'11”, 99 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911, or the St. Clair Sheriffs Office at (618) 975-8022.

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