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Wash. girl found after suspected abductor surrenders

Washington state Amber alert over; baby OK
Joseph Andrew Lester
Pierce County Sheriff's Office

(CBS/AP) UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - An Amber alert has been canceled in Washington state after a slaying suspect on the run with his 9-month old daughter surrendered early Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

Joseph Andrew Lester was jailed in Tacoma for the stabbing death of his 21-year-old girlfriend.

The Pierce County sheriff's office says the baby is safe.

The sheriff's office says Lester, 23, fled with the baby Monday and left the woman's 2-year-old son unharmed at the University Place home. The boy and baby girl are now in the care of the state.

Authorities issued the Amber alert because they feared the baby could be hurt while she was with her father. His car was found abandoned Monday night in Tacoma.

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