Child at center of Amber Alert found safe near Philadelphia International Airport; father a suspect in 2 homicides | #childabductors


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The child who was at the center of an Amber Alert on Monday has been found safe, and his father is now the suspect in the deaths of the boy’s mother and grandmother.That child, 2-year-old Byron McDonald, was found in a room at the Aloft Hotel near the Philadelphia International Airport.

Also found there were the suspect in this case, 28-year-old Byron McDonald II, and the suspect’s mother. Police believe she was the one who booked the hotel room.Both are now in custody.

Byron McDonald II is also suspect in the killings of the child’s mother and grandmother.

One of those killings happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 2500 block of N. Bancroft Street, which was also when the child went missing.

In that case, the child’s grandmother, 50-year-old Tamara Aikens, was shot and killed.

The child’s mother was found dead after police were called to do a welfare check at a home in the 4800 block of North 8th Street around 9 a.m. Monday.

Sources say that’s where responding officers discovered the body of 25-year-old Morgan Tenae Braxton.

She was found shot in the face in the dining room of a home and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sources tell Action News Braxton and McDonald had ongoing domestic disputes centered around McDonald feeling like he didn’t have enough access to see his son.

An employee of the hotel noticed the car police were looking for and called police. A heavy police presence could be seen at the hotel as officers conducted a search.

Guests were evacuated on Monday afternoon as the search was underway.

“I think somebody tried to call our phone from downstairs, tried to tell us maybe to stay in our room. But we were coming back downstairs to try and get food anyway,” said Alicia Johnson of Upper Darby.

It’s relief for Johnson and her friend, Donte Mosley, who says he was mistaken for McDonald.

“I said ‘what are the cops following us for?’ I was just released from prison this morning,” he said.

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