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Authorities arrest father accused of kidnapping daughter

U.S. marshals on Friday arrested a Boynton Beach father who is accused of abducting his 3-month-old daughter from her mother's home.

The man, Daniel Wright, 37, did not have legal custody of the baby when he kidnapped her on Monday, Boynton Beach police said.

Wright was charged with false imprisonment, child neglect and interfering with custody.

He was arrested about 12:15 p.m. on Friday as he and an unidentified woman walked out of a room in a Deerfield Beach Hilton Hotel, police said.

"They saw him standing outside and made an uneventful arrest," said marshals spokeswoman Lyn Navitsky.

She said Wright was the subject of a manhunt by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and several officers had been searching for him all week.

Authorities had issued a statewide Amber Alert for Z'Yanna Wright, who was found safe early Tuesday and reunited with her mother.

Daniel Wright had been fighting with his ex-girlfriend around 8 p.m. Monday at her home in the 600 block of Southeast Second Avenue, police said. At one point, Wright hit her in the face, snatched the baby and sped off in a 2003 BMW, police said.

The mother, Kindsey Schildt, called police about 10:45 p.m. She said Daniel Wright didn't have a car seat, diapers or baby formula.

Schildt went to Wright's home but didn't find him there, police said.

According to police, Wright, who has a violent criminal history, called Schildt early Tuesday and said that he was driving on Florida's Turnpike and that Schildt would never see her child again.

A few hours later, at 4 a.m., Wright called again and said he changed his mind, police said. He told Schildt to start walking on Woolbright Road and to get in a car with a driver who pulled up next to her. She did.

The unidentified driver took Schildt to Delray Beach, where another unknown man handed Z'Yanna to her, police said. The driver then dropped off the pair at a convenience store on South Federal Highway.

Police have yet to determine what role these two men, and the woman found with Wright, might have played in the child's abduction and recovery, according to police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

Wright's attorney Herman Stevens declined to comment when reached at this office on Friday.