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6-year-old boy missing from Hamilton home found safe

Police said just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday, about an hour after the Amber Alert was issued, that the boy was found safe. "Suspect in custody," Niagara police tweeted. "More details to follow."

Police said the boy was found safe about an hour after an Amber Alert was issued

Niagara Regional Police Service issued an Amber Alert just after noon Sunday for a missing boy. The boy has been found safe. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

A six-year-old boy who was subject to an Amber Alert Sunday has been found safe.

Niagara Regional Police Service say they got a call about a missing boy around 9 a.m. The boy was last seen at a Hamilton home, and was believed to be with his father. 

Police said they were concerned for the boy's welfare.

Police said just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday, about an hour after the Amber Alert was issued, that the boy was found safe.

Arrest 'direct result' of alert

In a media release the service said the suspect came in to the police station in St. Catharines with the child as a "direct result" of the Amber Alert.

"The suspect surrendered himself to officers there and was arrested without incident," it reads. "The child is safe and uninjured."

A 44-year-old Hamilton man is charged with abduction in contravention of a custody or parenting order and disobeying a court order, according to police.

In a post on Twitter Sunday evening Niagara Police Chief Bryan MacCulloch described the arrest as a demonstration of the "power and relevance" of the Amber Alert system.

Police spokesperson Stephanie Sabourin also pointed to the incident as evidence the alerts work.

"A child who was potentially in danger is now safe," she tweeted.

However, as has been the case with other alerts issued, police also received messages from people complaining about the emergency message.

"Unfortunately, with every alert, while officers are working to ensure a child is found - these messages come in," wrote Sabourin, sharing some examples, along with the hashtag #AlertMeAnyTime.

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