Daughter missing for more than a year reunited with father

Daughter missing for more than a year reunited with father

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A Paragould father has been reunited with his daughter who had been missing for more than a year.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department, 4-year-old Alyssa Lee was reunited with her custodial father, Brandon Lee, early Tuesday morning, after her mom, Christine Flick, took the girl about 12 months ago.

Flick was arrested on a warrant for unrelated charges out of Trumann Saturday in Millington, TN. Alyssa was not with her at the time of the arrest.

Paul Holmes with JPD said Flick reportedly waived extradition and was taken to Trumann, where she initially declined to cooperate with police.

However, by late Monday night she became more cooperative, according to Detective Sgt. Cassie Brandon with JPD.

Lee told Region 8 News police found Alyssa in Little Rock early Tuesday morning at her grandmother's home. He said Flick took Alyssa from Millington to Little Rock when she saw her picture on the news last weekend. 

Flick then went back to Millington and Lee said that is when police arrested her.

The grandmother brought Alyssa to the Trumann Police Department around 3 a.m. and her father was there waiting. 

"Aw man, I was trying not to speed there," Lee said. "I just didn't wanna let her go. I hugged her forever. It was hard at that moment to hold the emotion back because of her because I didn't want her to really see it. But it was like we haven't missed a beat."

Lee said Flick ultimately made the reunion with his daughter possible. 

"I went in there [the Trumann Police Department] and she pretty much wanted to talk to me and nobody else," Lee said. "She wanted to give the information about Alyssa to me and I'm glad she did. She gave me the information I needed."

Lee then took Alyssa home to Paragould, where they started making up for lost time.

The pair played outside, watched TV, exchanged countless 'I love you's,' regular things fathers and daughters do that Lee and Alyssa missed out on this past year. 

"We're just taking it one day at a time right now," Lee said. "I'm just enjoying every moment that I got."

Lee said he will not press charges against Flick because he just wanted one thing: Alyssa.

"And that's what I got," he said. "Hopefully we can put all of this in the past and move on, not only me and her but her mom and her. We can all share. I can't explain it. I just love this girl more than anything."

"I know," Alyssa said.

While Brandon and Alyssa reunite with more friends and family this week, Flick will appear at a bond hearing Wednesday on a theft charge in Trumann District Court.

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