Brooklyn Park Toddler Located; Father Charged in Her Disappearance

November 08, 2018 08:36 PM

The video above aired in Thursday's early programs, before the missing 2-year-old child was located.


Brooklyn Park police report a 2-year-old child allegedly taken by her father in May has been located.

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Her father - Trimell Chamberlain - had been arrested in connection to her disappearance Monday, but daughter Tri’Reshia wasn’t with him.

A release from the department said the girl was located at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. She will undergo a medical evaluation as per standard practice, but the release said she appears to be healthy and unharmed.

She was turned over to police detectives by a female friend of Trimell Chamberlain's.

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Earlier in the day, police said Chamberlain, 31, would not give investigators any clues about her whereabouts, according to Deputy Chief Mark Bruley.

“We don’t have anyone who has seen the child in several months, so we're concerned about where she is,” Bruley said then.

Police had been working with the BCA and other state agencies to locate Tri’Reshia.

Meanwhile, Chamberlain has been charged with two counts of depriving parental rights. He shared custody of Tri’Reshia with the child's aunt.

According to police documents, the child's aunt at several hearings over the past couple of months said Chamberlain was not respecting their custody agreement.

In an affidavit from July, she said: “The first time he took her it was three weeks … the second time it was a month and a half … Now it’s the third time and she’s been gone three months since May 1.”

After court hearings in both August and September, Chamberlain’s parental time was temporarily suspended.

In September, Tri’Reshia’s aunt filed a police report.

Bruley said it was for court documentation and the matter remained a civil case.

“The biological father did have custody of the child,” he said. “He had been in contact with the aunt saying he had the child. He just refused to bring the child back.”

On Oct. 29, however, Bruley said Child Protective Services reported the dispute to police and they began to investigate. A few days later, on Oct. 31, Tri’Reshia’s aunt was granted sole legal and physical custody.

“This last court order was clear, ordering law enforcement to find the child and also found he is unfit to be around the children,” Bruley said.

“That gave us concern he shouldn't be with the child.”

Police located Chamberlain at a home on James Avenue North Monday.

“He does have a criminal history that was concerning to us and that did ultimately stem law enforcement to have a SWAT team execute a search warrant at the residence he was staying at,” Bruley said.

According to Bruley, multiple felony warrants were out for his arrest. He also said police searched family members’ homes, but found no clues as to Tri’Reshia’s whereabouts.

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