Toddler recovered, father arrested after abduction

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities have found a toddler who was taken by his biological father in a violent abduction in West Tennessee.

A dispatcher for the Tipton County Sheriff's office said Friday morning that deputies had found 2-year-old Ayden Fowlkes and doctors were examining him. Authorities earlier located the sport utility vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jonathan Fowlkes, but Fowlkes and his son were not in it.

Fowlkes and the boy were found after daylight in Tipton County.

Authorities said Fowlkes broke into the home of the child's mother shortly after midnight Thursday and beat her boyfriend with a baseball bat before taking his son. The family said Fowlkes was under the influence of crack cocaine and police believe the boy was injured in the abduction.


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