River Rouge police say missing child taken by non-custodial father found safe

Posted at 2:18 AM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 21:23:47-05

River Rouge police say missing 2-year-old Denver Statton has been found safe after he was taken by his non-custodial father, Steven Miracle.

The pair went missing Monday morning around 7 a.m.

Police say the father was visiting his son at a home on Pine Street and spent the night. We're told he left the home with the child and stole a car from the residence. Miracle drove off in a 2001 silver Ford Taurus with the license plate DND5072.

"They really don't even know each other like that," said Denver's great uncle, Joseph Miracle. "He was just getting to know him." 

He went on to say that Denver is probably really scared. 

Police have not released any details on where Denver Statton was located. 7 Action News spoke with the child's grandfather, who said he was found in Ypsilanti with his biological father.

The grandfather also said he paid the father $500 to get Denver back.