A frantic search for an abducted three-month-old girl in Texas ended tragically on Tuesday when police found the infant dead inside her father’s car submerged in the Red River.
The Texas Department of Safety issued an Amber Alert early Tuesday night for Lyrik Brown, saying that she was last seen at 9pm the previous evening when she was taken away by her father, 30-year-old Jeremy Brown.
Shortly before 4pm on Tuesday, police in Gainsville received information on Brown’s whereabouts and rushed to the Red River at Interstate 35.
Jeremy Brown, 30 (left), was arrested in Texas on Tuesday after police found his car with his dead baby daughter, Lyrik Brown (right), inside submerged in the Red River
Police had been searching for the man and the baby since early Tuesday morning , after he sped off in his Volkswagen Jetta with the infant inside
Responding officers found Brown in the water next to his overturned Volkswagen Jetta.
When the vehicle was pulled from the river, police found an infant believed to be the missing child dead inside. The baby was said to be still strapped in her car seat.
‘The family has been notified of this information and a positive identification is pending,’ according to a statement from the police.
An autopsy will be performed on the child to determine her cause of death.
Brown was removed from the water and assessed for any injuries, after which he was arrested and booked into the Cooke County Jail on a charge of assault of a family member.
The charge stems from an altercation that took place between Brown and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Lyrik’s mother, on Monday, reported Gainesville Daily Register.
The woman told police she was riding in the gray Volkswagen Jetta with Brown and their daughter when the couple got into an argument, which escalated to a scuffle.
Brown and his 18-year-old girlfriend welcomed Lyrik on February 18. Police say she was still trapped into her car seat at the time of her death
The young mother said she was able to escape the vehicle, but Brown followed her and allegedly continued the assault.
The 30-year-old man later got back in the car and drove off with his daughter inside.
Arrest records in Cooke County indicate that Brown has a criminal history that stretches back to 2007 and includes multiple charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia, firearm smuggling and assault.
Brown and his girlfriend welcomed Lyrik on February 18. Social media posts reveal that the 30-year-old man also has three older children from past relationships.