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Abducted 2-year-old MS girl found in South GA, parents arrested

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An amber alert canceled for 2 year old Maliah Harris. An amber alert canceled for 2 year old Maliah Harris.
Sylvester, GA, police arrested Donald Boyd Harris (L)  and  Allison Studdard (R). Sylvester, GA, police arrested Donald Boyd Harris (L) and Allison Studdard (R).
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The Amber Alert has been canceled for an abducted Mississippi toddler. Maliah Harris, 2, has been located in Sylvester, GA, and is safe, according to Mississippi State Highway Patrol.

Donald Boyd Harris, 34, and his companion Allison Studdard, 31, were arrested by Sylvester police. Officers stopped the vehicle they were in on Highway 82 shortly after midnight Thursday. Harris and Studdard were traveling in a black 2002 Pontiac Aztec. Police had identified it as the getaway car Wednesday.  Maliah was in the car with Harris and Studdard when police stopped it.

The abduction began in Mississippi.  Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley says 2-year-old Maliah Harris disappeared with her parents after her 7-month-old sister, Alyssa, was found dead in Caledonia.

Miley says the siblings' grandfather discovered Alyssa's body about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Miley says the grandfather called 911, and the parents left with Maliah.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations alerted the Georgia Bureau of Investigations when they learned that Harris and Studdard were headed to Georgia.

"The sharing of information between our agency and GBI was critical in the recovery of two-year-old Miliah Harris," MBI Director Lt. Col. Larry Waggoner said. "GBI reacted quickly, and the coordinated effort of investigators in Mississippi and Georgia resulted with the recovery of the child and the arrests of Harris and Studdard."

Lowndes County, MS, coroner Greg Merchant says there were no visible signs of injury to the infant. An autopsy is being conducted.

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