Father Charged With Abducting 3-Year-Old Daughter Held on $25K Bail

Michael Trotta allegedly took off with his daughter Elinor on Monday night

A father arrested Tuesday for abducting his 3-year-old daughter from Delaware appeared in a Massachusetts courtroom on Wednesday morning.

Michael Trotta, 43, appeared in East Brookfield District Court to face a fugitive from justice charge. Local and state police, along with federal agents, tracked Trotta to Spencer, Massachusetts, after he allegedly took off with his 3-year-old daughter Elinor on Monday night.

The alleged kidnapping prompted an Amber Alert and multi-state search to find the pair.

According to court documents, New Castle, Delaware, Police alerted Spencer Police that they had information indicating that Trotta might be headed to a residence at 12 Lincoln St. Police arrested Trotta without incident on Tuesday afternoon.

Court documents describe Trotta as crouching in the back seat of the car they stopped, and also say that while talking to police, he allegedly told them he was going to kill himself but said he wouldn't have harmed his daughter.

Elinor was also with Trotta when police took him into custody and was unharmed. The FBI said Elinor and her mother were reunited Tuesday night and are now on their way back to Delaware together.

During Trotta's arraignment on Wednesday, the judge set bail at $25,000 cash and set his next Massachusetts court appearance for March 26. Trotta later waived his extradition rights and will be held until he is returned to Delaware to face charges there.

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