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* Leon Saunders allegedly took his daughter Aliyah from the Oakland area has surrendered

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A hostage negotiator convinced a man who kidnapped his 2-year-old daughter for several hours this afternoon to turn himself in, according to Oakland police.Leon Saunders, 21, allegedly took his daughter Aliyah from the Oakland area at about 2 p.m. after assaulting the girl’s mother, Oakland police said.Saunders took the girl in the woman’s vehicle and threatened to kill himself and the child. Police issued an Amber Alert at about 2 p.m. and found the vehicle in San Pablo a couple of hours later.Neither Saunders nor Aliyah was in the vehicle, but a hostage negotiator was able to contact Saunders by phone, police said.He agreed to surrender and was taken into custody in the 5200 block of Riverside Avenue in San Pablo, police said. He was arrested for domestic violence related offenses and taken to the Oakland Police Department.Police said Aliyah was not hurt during the incident.

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