UPDATE: Bradley Goodson, father of 17-month-old Aubrey Goodson, was arrested around 4 a.m. Saturday on a charge of resisting an officer without violence, according to a spokesperson with the West Palm Beach Police Department.
WAURIKA, Okla.. - A West Palm Beach woman is being labeled a hero after tipping police off to an alleged kidnapping that spans from Oklahoma to Florida.
On Friday, Amanda Edwards was finally reunited with her 17-month-old daughter, Aubrey Goodson, two weeks after police say the child's father abducted her from her home in Waureka, Oklahoma.
"It's been very very hard," said Amanda Edwards.
Oklahoma investigators say a divorce left Bradley Goodson with just visitation rights. Instead, they say he took the toddler, cut her hair to disguise her looks and ended up in West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach police says Goodson rented an apartment from Lisa DeLong, who's now being called a hero.
"Throughout the course of a couple of days, things did not add up," said DeLong.
DeLong says Goodson first introduced himself and his child under false names, then he slipped up.
"He accidentally called himself Brad, he called her Aubrey at one point," said DeLong.
DeLong, a mother herself, says on Friday morning intuition kicked in and she went to Google.
"I just said let me type in missing children, her picture popped up immediately," she said.
DeLong told Goodson she wanted to take the kids to the museum, but instead she took them to the West Palm Beach police station.
Police say Goodson is now on the run. They say he has an extensive criminal record in Oklahoma and could now face charges in West Palm Beach.
For a thankful mom, a nightmare is finally over.
"I've just been pleading day in and day out," said Edwards.
If you have any information on Bradley Goodson's whereabouts, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.
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