Father arrested after kidnapping 3-month-old daughter, Sanford police say

Officials say Na'tori Mazion was taken by father

By Anna Johnson - Digital Journalist

Na'tori Mazion.

SANFORD, Fla. - UPDATE: The Amber Alert for Na'tori Mazion has been canceled. Officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the girl was found safe.

Police said the baby was returned by a person known to her suspected abductor, Tedrick Mazion. That friend is being questioned by the police.

Mazion turned himself in to the Sanford Police Department on Wednesday. He is charged with burglary with assault and domestic violence battery, as well as additional charges from an outstanding warrant for domestic violence aggravated stalking and written threats to do harm.

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An Amber Alert has been issued for 3-month-old Na'tori Mazion, who officials said was last seen in Sanford. She may be traveling with a suspected abductor in a 2017 red Nissan Altima with black rims and black-tinted windows with license plate number 4ALWY. 

Sanford Police Department spokesman Ronny Neal said investigators do not have any information that would lead them to believe the girl is in danger of being harmed. 

"What's important is that we know Natori is safe," Neal said. "We want to make sure that the family understands that the police department is looking into this matter and is serious."

Na'tori was last seen at the Park at Ravello apartment complex at 401 West Seminole Boulevard. She is described as 1 foot, 9 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink and gray top that says "princess" on the front, a pink tutu, a pink headband and clear jelly shoes. 

The alert names the suspected abductor as the baby's father, Tedrick Mazion, 31, from Sanford. Mazion is described as a bald man who is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, with brown eyes and a beard. Neal said Mazion was last seen wearing a white tank top, blue jean shorts and red sandals.

Tedrick Mazion.

Neal said Mazion entered Na'tori's mother's residence in the apartment complex around 8:30 a.m., where he kidnapped the baby, even after her mother attempted to stop him. A physical altercation broke out between the two, but Neal said there is no indication Na'tori was hurt.

Mazion has not been involved in Na'tori's life since she was born, according to Neal. He said Mazion and Na'tori's mother have a history of domestic violence.

"Anytime that you have acts of violence, whether it be leading from the past up to the present, that is an important thing that we look at," Neal said.

Other law enforcement agencies have also been participating in the search. Neal said the investigation is very active.

"Right now, this is number one priority," Neal said. "Anytime we have a child that is removed from a home or that is in jeopardy or any type of danger, we take that seriously."

Authorities are asking anyone with any information to call the Sanford Police Department at 407-688-5070 or 911.

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