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3-year-old girl abducted from central Florida home found in Tallahassee

Police say Madeline Mejia kidnapped while father briefly left her outside to get keys

Madeline Mejia was abducted from outside her home in Apopka. (WPLG)

APOPKA, Fla. – A 3-year-old girl who was abducted from her central Florida home has been found in Tallahassee, police said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday issued an Amber Alert for Madeline Mejia, who was abducted outside her home in Apopka.

Apopka police said Madeline and her abductor were found on Interstate 10.

The girl’s father left her outside for a moment while he went inside to grab the keys when he heard her screaming and found a man putting her inside a black two-door Honda sedan before driving away, police said.

Madeline’s father followed the vehicle for a while until he lost it and had to turn around to call 911 because he left his phone at home, police said.

There were four people inside the car, police said.