Missing Memphis baby returned safely to family members

Munera Medlic
Munera Medlic

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A missing Memphis baby was returned to family members Wednesday, just one day after she was taken by her father.

Memphis Police issued a City Watch alert early Wednesday morning Munera Medlic, after she was taken Tuesday by her father, Walid Saleh, a man police say threatened to kill her and her mother earlier in the day.

Medlic's disappearance had her grandmother, Amanda Likiaksa, very emotional and nearly at a loss for words.

Likiaksa said Munera, her mother, and two-year-old brother Cedric, have been temporarily staying with her.  Munera's father, 25-year-old Walid Saleh, visited the home and asked Likiaksa if he could take the children so he could spend some time with them.  

"I didn't feel like there was anything wrong to let him see his own kids, so I told him it was okay to come and see the kids," Likiaksa said.

Saleh was supposed to take the children to the store, but he later dropped Cedric off at Likiaksa's brother's house, and took off with Munera.

Likiaksa said Saleh had earlier threatened Munera and her daughter.

"I was told by my daughter that he said he was going to kill her and the kids," she said.

Likiaksa desperately tried to reach Saleh on his cell phone several times, but she was unable to get through.

"It's hard," she said. "I'm just hoping and praying everything turns out for the best."

Memphis police said Munera Medlic was returned to family members Wednesday afternoon by her father.  He left before police arrived, and has not been taken into custody.

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