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AMBER Alert canceled, missing Merrillville infant safely dropped at police station in Illinois

Posted at 1:05 PM, Oct 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-11 16:28:09-04

UPDATE | The Merrillville Police Dept. has canceled the AMBER Alert as of 4:20 p.m. after they say the infant was safely dropped off at a police department in Illinois.

No details about the suspect have been released.


A Statewide AMBER Alert has been declared for a missing 7-month-old from Merrillville.

Xeniyah Sanders is described as being a 7-month-old black female who is 2 feet tall and weighs 25 pounds with black hair with brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt with a watermelon on the front and the words "Grandpa is one in a melon", a diaper, and no shoes.

Xeniyah was last seen on Monday, October 11, 2021, at 5:35 am in Merrillville, and is believed to be in extreme danger.

The suspect, Leandre Nutull, is a 35-year-old man described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds with black hair with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black coat and black jeans, and driving a silver 2006 Acura TL with Illinois license plates of CU62616.

If you have any information on this incident, contact the Merrillville Police Department at 219-660-0028 or 911.