Amber Alert cancelled, Houston toddler found safe

Boy believed to be taken by father

HOUSTON - An 18-month-old boy at the center of an Amber Alert was found safe Wednesday afternoon.

According to Harris County Sheriff's deputies, Luke Towner was taken by his father, Cody Towner, Monday evening after a disturbance at Houston hotel.

Sid Siddiqi, the general manager of the Crowne Plaza on the Southwest Freeway, told Local 2 that hotel staff went to a room Monday evening after guests heard what sounded like a fight. Siddiqi said a man answered the door.

"He had a lot of scratches on his face. A loud altercation was going on between two people, so we sought help. It was visible," said Siddiqi.

By the time police got there, the man and toddler were gone.

The child's mother told hotel staff she did not want to file charges.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the disturbance was between Cody Towner and the baby's mother. Deputies did not say why the Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning, but reported the child's father had threatened to kill himself and his son.

Court documents show Cody Towner was already facing charges related to an incident at another Houston area motel earlier this month. On May 11, he allegedly assaulted the baby's mother and stole a truck belonging to her father. That truck matches the description of the one connected with Wednesday's Amber Alert.

Cody Towner was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a ferry in Galveston.

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