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Man arrested for abducting a child from the University of Utah Hospital

The University of Utah Hospital.
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Exterior of the University of Utah Hospital

A man was arrested on Monday evening after allegedly abducting a child from the University of Utah Hospital.

34-year-old Ishjon Oquiran Hawkins abducted a 23-month-old child from its mother just after 5 p.m. on Monday evening according to University of Utah police. Hawkins is reportedly the non-custodial father of the child.

Salt Lake City police were called in to help search for Hawkins after he fled from the hospital with the child. Not long after the child was abducted, officers were able to safely recover the victim and take the father into custody. University police thanked everybody who assisted in the incident following Hawkins’ arrest.

An investigation is still underway on the incident.

Jared Gereau is pursuing a Journalism major with an emphasis in Social Media at Utah State University. He is planning on using his experience to pursue a career with USU Athletics sometime after he graduates. In his free time, Jared enjoys watching movies, playing games and creating content for his YouTube channel.