A Portsmouth man charged with abducting a 7-month-old girl from Norfolk this weekend told police that he’s the child’s father.
Delsean M. Mickle, 35, was arrested Sunday and charged with abduction and child neglect. He was arraigned in Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Monday and is being held without bond in the city jail.
Mickle was arrested hours after Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert for the girl shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday.
The alert said Delysia Jones had last been seen at 7:30 a.m. that day on Washington Avenue, in the Old Huntersville neighborhood in Norfolk. It also said she was believed to be in “extreme danger.”
According to court records, police received a call from an “alleged victim” who reported that Mickle was not the father of the child he’d taken.
Mickle went to his mother’s home in Suffolk, the records said, and because his cell phone had died, detectives weren’t able to reach him or his mother until after noon. Mickle’s mother told police the child was his.
Police said Mickle was taken into custody in Suffolk about 1:30 p.m. Authorities later found her safe at a family member’s home, and she was returned to her mother.
Mickle was “polite and cooperative” with detectives and a magistrate after his arrest, according to the document. DNA was collected from him so that a paternity test could be conducted.
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