Parents reunited with toddler after Amber Alert

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on September 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 5:44 PM

GARLAND –  Cassandra Williams kissed her daughter Maliyah as they sat on the front porch of the family’s home Wednesday, reunited after a frantic night searching for the two year old.

“I was just praying, praying, 'Bring my baby home,'” Williams said.

Maliyah's parents say they were at the emergency room with their six week old baby boy when they asked the babysitter Patricia Garcia to bring their daughter to them. 

They say she told them she wasn't giving the child back. 

"When I found out what was really starting to happen my heart sank on me because I've never experienced this pain,” Maliyah’s father, Anthony Vergenz said. “I was heartbroken, she's my angel, my princess, prize jewel, daddy's girl."

According to a police affidavit, Garcia, 38, called officers Tuesday morning to say there was marijuana and drug scales in the house. 

Police went to the home, found the marijuana and removed it. 

Shortly after they left, Garcia did too with Maliyah.

The parents called police because the woman they met at church two years ago and trusted in their home was gone.

"I feel real betrayed,” Williams said. “I feel like I can't trust anybody anymore."

The parents say they are active in their church and wouldn’t use drugs. They believe the babysitter was stressed out and upset after a miscarriage two months ago.

“Maybe, it was just all of a sudden she snapped,” Williams said. 

After the child was taken, Garland police spokesman Officer Mike Hatfield told News 8, "We do know that the babysitter is unstable, and that she did not have permission to take the child.

On Wednesday, Williams and Vergenz say they just want to focus on Maliyah being back home.

“I told him I'm never working again," Williams said. "I'm staying home with my kids." 

Police don’t know who put the drugs in the home. Child Protective Services was called in but did not take the children away. 

Garcia has been charged with kidnapping. On Wednesday afternoon, she was transferred from the Mesquite jail to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas for processing.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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