LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles police say a 2-year-old girl they believed was abducted by her father has been found safe.

Authorities say Galen Michael Day brought his daughter, Elizabeth, into the Northeast Area Police Station at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Police say the child was in good condition and was handed over to her mother.

No arrests were made but the investigation is ongoing, police reported.

The child’s mother, Jenna Johnston, told authorities earlier this weekend that Elizabeth Day was expected to be returned to her on May 11, after spending two weeks in Atlanta with her father – who has joint custody, according to the LAPD.

When the child was not returned, Johnston had her attorney draft a new agreed upon return date of June 6, police said.

In an e-mail to Johnston dated June 8, Day allegedly told Johnston that he and Elizabeth would be returning to Los Angeles in two days.

The pair reportedly flew into LAX but did not made contact with Johnston, according to police.


Comments (18)
  1. Ben says:

    Catch that sperm donor

  2. James says:

    Good job, lady. Way to go; call the police when your daughter is a few days late arriving home, even though you know she is with her father. Don’t be surprised if your daughter’s father gets sick of being treated like that and ends up seeing less and less of his daughter as she gets older.

    1. TT says:

      Sorry Buddy – A court order IS a court order – just because they live in 2 states doesnt mean he is above the law…. Everybody has rules to follow – and his were crystal clear- Glad she is back with her mom 🙂

  3. deb says:

    Both parents need to be responsible for their children. If a parents says they will be returning the child…then THAT parents needs to keep that date…unless otherwise speaking with the other parents. We parents make plans with our kids and having one parents return the child whenever he or she wants to does NOT work. Maybe next time he will remember that…Maybe he will get LESS time with his child now for pulling this….If he spends less and less time with his child as she gets older…than he was a rotten dad to begin with.

  4. Susan says:

    Also, this child was supposed to be back on JUNE 6th…NOT June 12th..thats another week. I think every two weeks for each parents is VERY unrealistic given they live out of state from each other. Maybe the child needs to spend a month with each parent…what is going to happen when she goes to school???? She needs stability…Maybe the selfish parents need to live closer to each other so the child can go back and forth easily….

  5. Rachelle says:

    Good news…She’s been safely returned to her mother!

  6. Mary Elizabeth says:

    If I were the mother, I would have her checked out for any type of sex crime against her by the dad. You just never know. His actions are not normal and just to be sure, she should take her to the doctors.
    Kids are always the ones that have to be torn between the mess. My daughter and her boyfriend Cody has a child at 18. They are now both 25. My grandson is 6. They have never been to court for custody and they have never fought over custody. Cody can pick up my grandson any given day and he does just that. If my grandson wants to be with his dad for Christmas, he can – he makes all the choices. In six years there has never been one fight, never. I am so thankful that though my daughter and Cody were not meant for one another, I am grateful that they remain very good friends. My grandson is very luck!!

    1. TT says:

      Very good Mary 🙂 Thats the way it should be – the adults acting like adults instead of children – cudos to your daughter and Cody, and they are still young, very good !! …. Glad they are handling themselves very well for the sake of your grandchild – theres a few older grown ups that could take some notes here …….. Thats awsome !

    2. gmd says:

      yes mary, i totally agree with you. this man is a sexual predator, i know him personally, he is not to be trusted!

  7. TPR says:

    It’s very interesting how so many people have formed such judgmental opinions without knowing the FACTS to this article. “The mother should do this… I’m glad she’s back with her mother…, Her father should have…” You’ve heard one side on this issue!

    For those of us who truly know specific, factual details, this is yet another case where the courts have failed to protect the child! The father has and is providing a safe, nurturing environment for the daughter he loves and adores.

    I’m very confident a response to these Allegations will be forthcoming with detailed FACTS and as a result, when justice prevails, a child’s life will have been saved!

  8. gmd says:

    i know this man personally and he is crazy!

  9. gmd says:

    this man should not have custody of this child!

  10. gmd says:

    after looking at the mother’s fb page, the mother shouldn’t have custody of this child either! she calls herself crazy! hope and pray for this little girl to have a more stable life!!!

  11. GCB says:

    The entire family is racist and crazy. Galen doesn’t work and his mother pays for everything. God help this poor child.

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