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Matt Zapotosky


Update, 7:30 p.m.:

Police in Prince George's County say they are no longer seeking the man thought to have taken his own child at gunpoint as a suspect. Investigators are continuing to probe the circumstances of the Monday night abduction.

Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a department spokesman, said officers no longer consider 24-year-old Cornell Antonio Bennett an abduction suspect, though they still have not located him or his one-year-old son. The child's mother has alleged that Bennett took the boy at gunpoint from a home on Brightseat Road in the Landover area Monday night, authorities have said.

Rodriguez said both Bennett and the woman have legal custody of the child. He said investigators feel "the child is okay," though they are continuing to investigate the case "on all angles."

In a news release, police said, "Mr. Bennett is NOT considered an abduction suspect and is no longer wanted by police." Rodriguez declined to say publicly why police were no longer actively searching for Bennett in connection with the abduction.


Earlier:

Police in Prince George’s County are searching for a man who took his one-year-old son from the child’s mother at gunpoint last night in the Landover area, authorities said.

Cornell Antonio Bennett, 24, of Northeast D.C., is wanted on a first-degree assault warrant, said Officer Evan Baxter, a police spokesman.

Just after 9 p.m. Monday night, Baxter said, Bennett forced his way into a home in the 3000 block of Brightseat Road and took his son, Jo'Ell Jackson, at gunpoint.

Baxter said Bennett and the child’s mother have equal custody of Jo’Ell, but authorities believe the boy may be in danger because of the “erratic and unstable manner” in which Bennett took him.

Anyone with information on Bennett's whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 301-772-4910 or anonymously to the Crime Solvers Tip Line at 1-866-411-TIPS.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  August 31, 2010; 7:45 PM ET
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Comments

Wasn't Jo'Ell the father of Superman??? No, sorry, that was Jor-El.

Sheesh.

It is sad about the abduction. Why was not that charge added?

Posted by: kernunnos1367 | August 31, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

You can't be charged with abduction when the child is your own, especially in a shared/equal custody situation.

Posted by: jokertoad | August 31, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Sigh - where are the pictures? Going to www.amberalert.gov.

Posted by: merzydoats | August 31, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ah, so since he has joint custody, the little boy's picture is not up on the http://www.amberalert.gov site. However, he is charged with 1st degree assault, and a weapon is involved, so can we still get a picture? This little boy is in danger, and he may still be somewhere in Prince George's, where many of us may see him. Picture! Picture!

Posted by: merzydoats | August 31, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Pictures: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/maryland/cornell-antonio-bennett-sought-for-abduction-2-year-old-083110

Posted by: merzydoats | August 31, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Baby Daddy Drama!

Posted by: Special_One40 | August 31, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

There is alot more to this story, apparently the child's mother did not tell the police the whole story about the "shared legal custody" if she did this would have never made the wapo, she is probably mad with child's father, so to make him look really bad she says "he assaulted me with a gun and took my child". Come on people, there are deceitful people out here who will do anything to get what they want when they want it, especially when children are involved. When the truth comes out, there will be no assault involved and baby mama may end up losing her son to daddy for this big lie that has been told.

Posted by: smrrd | September 1, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

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