Amber Alert canceled; 5-month-old found safe

5-month-old Ayla Settles was found safe on Tuesday morning. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
5-month-old Ayla Settles was found safe on Tuesday morning. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Ayla Settles (L) and Alvin Lloyd (R) (Source: MPD)
Ayla Settles (L) and Alvin Lloyd (R) (Source: MPD)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation canceled an Amber Alert for a 5-month-old who was taken by her non-custodial father.

Five-month-old Ayla Settles was taken from a home on West Hillview Drive, at Hillview Village Apartments, around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Memphis Police Department said Ayla was taken by Alvin Lloyd, who is her father, but does not have custody. Lloyd,19, is diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Because of Lloyd's violent past, TBI issued an Amber Alert to help spread the word about Ayla.

A couple hours after the Amber Alert was activated, Memphis police officers found Ayla inside a vacant apartment at the same apartment complex where she lives with her mother.

Lloyd was taken into custody.

No word on what charges Lloyd may face in this case. Investigators said he broke a window in Ayla's mom's apartment and snatched the baby.

Court documents reveal Lloyd has an extensive criminal history, including violence.

In one arrest from 2016, police said Lloyd broke into a home and stole several electronics. The victim was one of Lloyd's family members, who was able to identify him from surveillance footage. Lloyd was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property.

In March 2016, police said Lloyd threatened to hurt his mother because she wouldn't let him into her home. That's when police said he grabbed a brick and began smashing windows out of her car and home. He was arrested for vandalism.

In February 2017, Lloyd was again arrested. Police said Lloyd locked his child's mother out of her apartment while he was inside with the baby. She told police he had attacked and choked her the day before, but she was afraid to call police. She also said Lloyd held a knife to her throat the week before. When police went to the home, Lloyd threatened to shoot them, but eventually came out.

Lloyd was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but he was never charged with a crime for the February incident.

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