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Jamall Mayfield, 49, is accused of taking a child from a residence where the child’s mother had dropped her off Sunday afternoon, prompting an hours-long search.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man is facing charges after a 3-year-old girl went missing on Sunday afternoon, according to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrest reports.

Jamall Mayfield, 49, is accused of taking the child from a residence where the child’s mother had dropped her off Sunday afternoon, prompting an hours-long, overnight search. The child was located roughly 17 hours after she was reported missing.

The child’s mother, Jamya Mayfield, previously told First Coast News she dropped her daughter off at Jamall Mayfield’s girlfriend’s house, and he took her without permission. Mayfield is the girl’s grandfather, the 3-year-old’s family told First Coast News.

A witness told police at 2 p.m. Sunday, Mayfield came to the home to visit the child who he “had not seen in a while,” the report states. The witness said she let Mayfield in so the child and him could spend time together. 

“Once he [Mayfield] had been inside the residence for a while, she [the witness] could tell he was high on drugs and wanted him to leave the residence,” the report said.

When the witness said she told Mayfield to leave, he became upset. Much of what transpired after the exchange is redacted from the arrest report.

JSO reported that the child was last seen on foot in the 7000 block of Ken Knight Drive on Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m., which is the suspect’s last known address.

The report states around 5 p.m., family members began searching the area for the child. JSO officers, cold case unit detectives and K-9 and air units also responded to assist in the search.

It wasn’t until Monday at 7:35 a.m. that police were notified by the child’s mother that she had been found at an undisclosed location, according to the report.

Mayfield was arrested for interfering with custody, according to the report, “based on the suspect’s prior convictions in 2012 of child abuse against the complainant.”

Mayfield was convicted in 2012 on child abuse charges, in which he picked up a child by the arms and threw her toward a wall in an “aggressive manner,” according to a report. Officers noticed minor abrasions on the child’s arm and a minor cut inside her lip after the incident.

The report states after hearing victim, witness and complainant statements, it was determined that “the child did not do anything that required discipline from the suspect.” 

Police described Mayfield’s actions as “intentional” and “excessive” that resulted in the physical injury to the child.

Mayfield faces a third-degree felony charge of interfering with the custody of a child and remains in Duval County jail Tuesday night. His next court date is set for June 12 at 9 a.m.

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