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Man charged after AMBER alert

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By Jesef Williams

Bryan Matthew Hatchel took matters into his own hands last week in trying to get custody of his daughter, authorities say.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Hatchel, 25, with custodial interference, a felony that carries up to five years in prison if convicted.

An AMBER Alert was issued early Sunday morning after he picked up his 2-year-old daughter, Jaelyn Elizabeth Hollis, and never returned.

Hatchel, who doesn't have custody of Hollis, picked her up Friday from the home of one of the mother's relatives, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said. Hatchel has visitation rights, but it was understood that he would bring Hollis back that day.

The family contacted local authorities Saturday evening when they didn't hear back from Hatchel.

Sheriff's office investigators later learned that he had taken Hollis to Florida.

Authorities there found Hatchel and his daughter around noon Sunday at a home in Citrus County, Holland said.

He was arrested and is awaiting extradition to Lancaster County. Holland said the girl has since been brought back home.

"We're just happy the child was found quickly and unharmed," Holland said.

Hatchel's address was unavailable Tuesday, though Holland believes he lives in Lancaster County.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152