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UPDATE: Father explains his side of Amber Alert story

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MCGREGOR (KWWL) -- An eastern Iowa father wants to clear his name, and clear up what happened, after authorities stop him from bringing his two-year-old daughter from Missouri to McGregor, Iowa.

Thursday afternoon, Cass County, MO investigators issued an Amber Alert for Syah Duffey.  The two-year-old's mother and grandmother reported Syah missing, saying a woman pretending to be with the Division of Family Services had taken their child.

James Guyer, the girl's father, said Syah's mother Sharron knew exactly where Syah was.  In fact, he said Sharron asked James to come get the girl, and brought Syah to his van along with some of her belongings.  Guyer showed KWWL a hand-written letter he said Sharron gave him.  The letter gives Guyer permission to take Syah.  Guyer claimed Syah was living in a dangerous situation, and that Sharron feared for their daughters safety.

Guyer said this was the first time he's ever seen his daughter.  He's been fighting for custody since Sharron moved to Missouri while she was pregnant with Syah.  Guyer claims Sharron's grandmother is keeping him from seeing the two-year-old.

As Guyer drove back through Iowa, he learned an Amber Alert had been issued.  Guyer said he was in contact with officials from Cass County, and was driving to the closest police station when Iowa State Patrol spotted his vehicle. 

Iowa investigators did not press charges, and released Guyer and his companion.  Syah was returned to her mother in Missouri.  No charges are filed against Guyer in Cass County at this point.

Guyer said, he will fight for full custody of his daughter.  Watch KWWL News at 10:00 for the full story.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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