Missing Toddler Returned Safely

3-28 missing childEUGENE, Ore. — A happy ending for one mother, after her child was returned home safely Saturday afternoon.

Police say the one-year old went missing two weeks ago, last seen with her father, who does not have custody of her.

Kiera Burke had been missing since March 15 and was last seen at the First Place Family Shelter at Amazon Parkway in Eugene.

Kiera’s mother, Ashley Prine, says the girl’s father, Andrew Burke, was making suicidal statements the day before the disappearance, and says it could be because of a recent break-up between the two.

She says Burke told her on the day of the disappearance, that he was taking Kiera out to lunch, but never came back.

Prine and her family say they were concerned for both the child and the father because they believe he could’ve been using drugs.

“I’m scared for my daughter’s safety. I want her home. I want to know that she’s safe every night and everyday,” said Prine.

Prine says she received an email from Burke early this Saturday morning just after midnight that said, “Call off your dogs”, which she handed over to police.

Police say Kiera was returned at 4:00 p.m. and was not harmed. Police say the father will not face any charges.

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