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Amber Alert canceled for Tampa infant; father still sought

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 09:23 PM
TAMPA -

Hillsborough County deputies have canceled an Amber Alert after a seven-week-old Tampa boy was safely returned to a family member.

Deputies said Jaelin Levison was snatched by his father this afternoon and that Reginald Levison threatened to harm the boy and any law enforcement who tried to catch him.

The child's mother called deputies shortly before 1 p.m., saying Levison had grabbed her neck and tried choking her, hit her several times and wouldn't let her leave her apartment at 12402 Spicer Place in Tampa. She said Levison took her cell phone and then left in her vehicle with Jaelin.

"He stated that he would not go back to prison," a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office release states.

At 8:30 p.m. deputies announced the Amber Alert was canceled.

"The suspect gave the baby to his sister, who in turn notified sheriff's deputies," a release states. "The baby is fine and will be reunited with his mother."

Reginald Levison, 27, remains at large.

He is 5-foot-7, weighs 200 pounds and has a medium to large build, deputies said. He has shoulder-length dreadlocks and a "chin-strap style beard." His drove off in a red 2007 Chrysler Sebring with Florida tag AENC63.

Levison has prior convictions on drug charges as well as aggravated battery on law enforcement and resisting an officer with violence. He was in state prison from June 2004 until November 2008.

Those with information should call deputies at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-8477.

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