Ithaca, N.Y. — Two children have been found safe in Ithaca after an Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning.

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The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office canceled the notification after the children were found safely. The father of the children has been taken into custody, according to law enforcement.

Law enforcement learned that Leonard L. Thorne, 38, took the two children from an Enfield home after “being notified of a Family Court Order that was issued for the removal of the two children as well an Arrest Warrant for him, charging him with Child Neglect,” according to the sheriff’s office.

“With the assistance of the New York State Police, the New York State Intelligence Center and the Office of Missing and Exploited Children an Amber Alert was issued,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

Thorne and the children were located on Cornell’s campus at about 1:30 p.m. They were unharmed and have since been taken into custody of DSS.

The father is in custody. He was taken in front of Judge Rowley for an arraignment.

Here is the full text of the Amber Alert that has since been canceled:

The Tompkins County Sheriffs Office has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred near Heron Drive, in Ithica, NY at about 4:00 PM on 12/23/2014.

Violet Thorne is a White female, approximately 2 years 6 months old with short, blonde hair and blue eyes. She is approximately 3 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds.

The CHILD, Brian Thorne is a White male, approximately 4 years old with short, blonde hairand blue eyes. He is approximately 3 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 40 pounds.

The SUSPECT, Leonard Thorne is a White male, approximately 38 years old with blonde hairand blue eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.